A short tour of Piacenza between the main streets of the city teeming with shops. Discover routes and routes and links to the main Piacenza sites on mytripmap.

Piazza Cavalli decorate the splendid equestrian statues of Alessandro and Ranuccio I Farnese, the work of the Tuscan sculptor Francesco Mochi, who built them between 1612 and 1628.

The main shopping streets seem to be two, the one leading to the Duomo is certainly very characteristic. At the end of the walk to get to the Cathedral there is also a very good ice cream parlor that for 2 euros offers you 3 flavors

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Bar Pasticceria Balzer is the city’s main café, in an old restaurant just below the mayor’s offices in the Palazzo dei Mercanti. Possibility to have lunch in the attached restaurant. Or you can mess with the usual shop of chips that give the nausea from the first bite, but we are recidivists.

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Congealed itineraries

Departure and arrival: Piazza Cavalli
From Piazza Cavalli, along Via Romagnosi, we move to the Church of St. Peter, built by the Jesuits in 1585: a single nave, high side chapels, inspired by the Pignolesco style and contains frescoes by Cisterna and paintings by De Longe. Crossing the historical center diagonally, we meet in Via Campagna the Church of San Sepolcro, designed by the architect Tramello, characterized by imposing and severe lines, and continuing the Basilica of S. Maria di Campagna, where painting and Renaissance architecture merge with extraordinary results (of exceptional quality is the cycle of frescoes by Pordenone in the dome and in the first two chapels on the left).

From Piazzale delle Crociate, in which Urban II in 1095 established the first Crusade, we reach Via Tramello the Renaissance Walls and Porta Borghetto: on design by pontifical technicians, the bastion front and the Porta were then built (1525-45) by local architects of the Tramello family.

We continue along Via Borghetto up to the Church of S. Sisto, with three naves, rich in refined decorations, owes its fame to the altarpiece depicting the Madonna commissioned to Raphael; not to mention the paintings by Procaccini, Pittoni, Palma il Giovane and dei Campi.

From here, we reach two historic houses: Palazzo Farnese, residence of the Farnese Dukes, built under the direction of the famous Vignola, and today the seat of the Civic Museums; and Palazzo Landi, an important testimony of the architecture of the early Lombard renaissance (first half of the 15th century) XV), chosen by the Farnese as residence of the Council of Justice. From Vicolo del Consiglio, crossing Piazza Duomo and continuing towards Stradone Farnese, we meet the Church of S. Vincenzo, reconstructed at the beginning of the VII century by the Teatines on a pre-existing church of 1278, whose facade is noteworthy.

The Church of S. Agostino on the Farnese Stradone, built in the years 1569-79, has an imposing facade in neoclassical style, while the interior is one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture.
We conclude the itinerary with the Teatro dei Filodrammatici, in via S. Siro, built in the 16th century by the Cistercian nuns of Santa Franca as a church where to depose the body of their patroness, next to the convent.


Without going too far (to visit castles etc) nearby you can find the hills of Piacenza .. to visit at sunset for an unexpected explosion of colors of autumn


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