Things to see and do - Piacenza
Unmissable tourist sites
Piacenza Travel guide
Piacenza : Michelin's recommendations
Piacenza was originally built by the Romans at the end of the Via Emilia on the south bank of the Po. The town’s history is closely linked with that of its illustrious neighbour, Parma. Both towns belonged to the Lombard League, but were separated from the papal states by Pope Paul III, Alessandro Farnese, who gave them to his son. The Farnese ruled Piacenza until 1731, when the dukedom passed to the Bourbons. Although little known by tourists, Piacenza boasts a number of interesting sights.
Tourist attractions Piacenza : Things to see and do
Piazza Cavalli I - 29100 Piacenza
The old Town Hall of Piacenza was built in 13C and is a magnificent example of Gothic Lombardy architecture. This enormous building links austerity and harmony. Its lower parts of marble and the brick dressing of the upper storeys are in contrast to ..
Via Pace I - 29100 Piacenza
This is a remarkable example of Romanesque Lombardy style. Its facade has a rose window and three notable doorways preceded by a portico which hides an interior in the form of a Latin cross. It is very simple but enriched by the grandiose frescoes in..
Piazza Cittadella 29 I - 29100 Piacenza
Three things make the visit worthwhile; a sumptuous cycle of frescoes painted by S. Ricci and G. Draghi, The Splendours of the Farnese, detailing the exploits of the mercenary general Alessandro Farnese and of Pope Paul III; a bronze Etruscan diviner..
Via Emilia Parmense 54 I - 29122 Piacenza
Offering free Wi-Fi and free parking, Hotel City is a 5-minute drive from Piacenza Station and city centre. Its large rooms feature Persian rugs and artistic pictures on the walls. Each room at City Hotel is decorated with light colours and comes wi..
Via C. Colombo 29/F I - 29122 Piacenza
Just 800 metres from Piacenza Station, Eurohotel offers free parking and elegant rooms in central Piacenza. It is a 15-minute walk from Palazzo Farnese and Piacenza Cathedral. Wi-Fi is free in all public areas. Each room at Eurohotel is air conditio..
Via Primo Maggio 82 I - 29100 Piacenza
Located a 5-minute drive from Piacenza Ovest A1 Motorway Exit, Hotel Ovest offers free bike rental, a fitness centre, and elegantly furnished rooms. The historical centre is 2.5 km away. Guests have free access to the Ovest's gym. Open from 07:00 un..
via Castello 71 I - 29121 PIACENZA
A typical neighbourhood restaurant with a characteristic feel and lovely al fresco summer service. Inviting local cuisine, and a fish menu too.
via Scalabrini 49/a I - 29121 PIACENZA
Elegant dining rooms in an 18C palazzo serve as a backdrop for delicious fish and seafood cuisine, as well as other dishes. The owner here is Sicilian and the menu reflects his origins.
via Cittadella 14 I - 29121 PIACENZA
On the upper floor of the hotel is a restaurant, which offers Emilian specialities: which you can savour whilst seated amongst the period style furnishings and, in the evening in a romantic candle lit atmosphere.
via Garibaldi 49/a I - 29121 Piacenza
A simple almost monastic decor provides the backdrop for specialities from Lombardy and Emilia. Antipasti dishes include Piacenza's famous hams and salamis, followed by pisarei gnocchi and tortelli pasta, and main courses such as meat tartare and pot..
via San Bernardo 1 I - 29121 PIACENZA
On the road to the historical centre is a characteristic environment, with frescoes and decorated to the owners' tastes; the husband creates imaginative dishes in the kitchen.
via Verdi 16 I - 29121 PIACENZA
This austere 15C palazzo is typical of Piacenza and boasts an elegant, recently restored interior. It offers delicious regional cuisine, fish and seafood dishes, as well as an excellent wine list including some truly famous wines.