Piacenza is a city in Emilia-Romagna.
The best thing about Piacenza is that it is very easy to get parked as it is always quiet.
The roads are easy to negotiate and with a good Sat Nav you will be on the road to Verona/Milan/Parma in no time.
- Piazza Cavalli, Piazza Cavalli (in the city centre at the intersection of Via Cavour and Via XX Settembre). The square contains the Palazzo del Governatore and the Palazzo Gotico. The latter is the old town hall (still a hall in public use) with some of the remaining decoration still in place. The outside has some elaborate brick work around each of it's windows, each one differently patterned.
- Duomo (Cathedral), Piazza Duomo (down Via XX Settembre). In Lombard Romanesque style, with detailed carvings around all the doors.
- Musei Civici di Palazzo Farnese, piazza Cittadella 29, ☎ +39 0523 492661 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Various museums in one huge building. Look out for the art museum (lots of frescos rescued from various churches around town and their own Botticelli tondo), sculpture, carriages, arms and armour plus an Etruscan section with the museum's pride and joy (they will encourage you to see it!); the 'liver', actually a bronze casting that looks like an animal's liver but is inscribed with names and details that form the key to their pantheon.
- Walk. As with any Italian city, walk around, get lost, stop for coffee, go down streets with no attractions listed, see what's going on.
- Ostello Le Tre Corone - located in Claendasco, 9km outside Piacenza. Cheap hostel (about €16 for a bed) with a restaurant/bar. Can be accessed by public transport from Piacenza except on Sundays.
It is on the Via Romea [] if you are going towards Rome or the Via Francigena if you are going towards Switzerland! Same road but different direction.