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Sightseeing in Piacenza - what to see. Complete travel guide

Piacenza is one of the oldest cities in Italy, which is rich in symbolic places. It attracts tourists by large choice of excursion routes.

Start your acquaintance with the history of the city from visiting Municipal Museum built in the 16th century. It hosts several collections of paintings and sculptures. The most valuable item of the collection is a picture of Botticelli, which is called "The Virgin and Child with John the Baptist". In the center of the city you will find one of its main landmarks - Cathedral of San Antonio. It was built in the 12th century and became the chief decoration of the city. The main entrance of the cathedral is decorated with magnificent bas-reliefs, but the internal decoration is quite grim and gloomy. Here you will see heavy arches, the rooms wrapped in darkness, and the figures of priests frozen in the niches. Art connoisseurs may determine the style of the cathedral as a unique combination of Gothic and Romanesque architecture.
The central part of the city is occupied by Piazza-dei-Cavalli Squarre, where you can see several monuments from the Middle Ages and the main architectural masterpiece - Palazzo Gotico. Piacenza is sometimes called the city of a hundred churches. If you go to the observation area and look at the panorama of the city, you will really see dozens of church towers that stand proudly among other buildings. Palazzo Farneze castle requires particular attention. Nowadays a museum has been opened in the walls of this palace. It provides visitors with information concerning the fate of the castle's owners, the Dukes of Farnese, who have played a significant role in the fate of the city. After visiting numerous attractions and places it is time to go to one of the local restaurants and taste best culinary masterpieces of Italian cooks. La Casa di Campagna is considered the most beautiful dining facility of the city. This restaurant literally dives in lush green trees and flower beds.
Cathedral is an important religious monument for the city. Its construction began in the 12th century and lasted more than a hundred years. The cathedral impresses with its majestic exterior. Beautiful sandstone and rare pink marble has been used for its construction. Skilful sculptures created by masters of the Middle Ages give facade a special solemn appearance. Baroque interior of the cathedral has plenty of unique elements. Ancient frescoes preserved in it are of particular value. Copyright
The Museum of Oil and Gas is a special cultural institution. Despite the serious theme, it is considered one of the most popular with tourists with children. The museum's exposition is devoted to the history of the oil industry, which up to the present time is of great importance for the city's economy. Visitors are told about the technical means used in the beginning of the 20th century for oil and gas extraction. An excursion promises to be very informative. Among the numerous architectural monuments is Brageri Albezani villa. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the city and was built in the 17th century by Count Daniele Kiapponi for himself. He used it as a summer residence for solemn meetings, musical and literary evenings. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the villa was visited by many famous figures of art and culture. Nowadays, it is an important cultural object, partly occupied by a historical archive. An excellent ethnographic museum has been opened in the basement of the historic villa. Some halls are available for visiting as a part of a tour. The atmosphere of the past centuries has been restored there.
Piacenza Castello di Sarmato Castle is extremely popular with lovers of walking in historical places. It is located in a picturesque suburban area, surrounded by wonderful landscapes. The very first defensive structure in its place was built in the 13th century. During the years of its existence the castle had over a dozen owners and had been reconstructed for several times. The last major reconstruction took place in the beginning of the 19th century. Nowadays, some of its rooms keep the atmosphere of the old times. The dance hall, as well as its furnished salons, are really beautifully decorated.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Piacenza
♥   Castle 'Calendasco Castle' Calendasco, 9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Paderna Castle' Pontenure, 12.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Grazzano Visconti Castle' Vigolzone, 12.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castelbosco' Gragnano Trebbiense, 13 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rivalta Castle' Gazzola, 13.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Piacenza
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano' , 87.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Cinque Terre' , 102.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Monte San Giorgio' , 112.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale della Val Grande' , 148.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Piacenza and around
♥   Art museum 'Galleria d Arte Moderna "Ricci Oddi"' Piacenza, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Civic Museums of Palazzo Farnese' Piacenza, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Piacenza from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Crespi d Adda

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
Nowadays the old village attracts people who like architecture. There was saving a family palace of Crespi in neogothic style. Other beautiful buildings are the Crespi d'Adda church, workers’ houses. Nothing has changed for about a hundred years. If you want to become engrossed in the past, walk in this old village. Now it is quite hard to imagine that earlier this area was one of the most technically equipped in Europe. There was a modern lighting system and even a good-working aqueduct. … Read further

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

From the series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
Over the past decades, the main church in Milan has remained a popular tourist attraction. The queue of those wishing to see the legendary frescoes doesn’t vanish, so it’s recommended to sign up for a tour several days in advance. Anyone who wishes to see the legendary fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, will have to undergo a special procedure. An outerwear has to be cleaned from the dirt using a dedicated gadget. Only after that, you can take a look at the amazing work of art. However, visitors can not admire it for more than 15 minutes. … Read further

Mario Bellini House

From the series “Extravagant houses and apartments of designers”
Mario Bellini was not engaged in the arrangement of his house on his own. He considers this approach extremely difficult and illogical. The architect believes that there should always be a desire to try something new in life. In his opinion, the arrangement of housing is an excellent chance to realize such an aspiration. The owner's caring attitude to the works of art and accessories in the style of the past years is visible in the interior of the house. There are wonderful Renaissance paintings and furniture made of dark wood here. … Read further
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