Set between the Po River and the Apennines, the province of Piacenza spreads towards the western extremity of Emilia Romagna. Its land includes the splendid valleys of the rivers Tidone, Trebbia, Nure, and Arda, each distinguished by particular environmental conditions.
In this place, nature dominates unchallenged among rocky spurs, hills strewn with vineyards, and scenes dominated by spires, towers, and impressive fortresses. A place of particular charm is the plain that runs along the river and the rows of poplars that reflect the river, Po. It is a land full of natural beauty—valleys and mountains—but also history and art.
In the scenery of these particular landscapes, we can find wonderful medieval villages such as, Bobbio, Castell’Arquato, Vigoleno, Fiorenzuola d’Arda, and so on, suggestive abbeys of medieval origin, and a lot of Romanesque churches. It is touching to discover these places, which rose in the Middle Ages along the ancient Via Francigena, hosting religious and pilgrims on their way to Rome.
The great number of medieval castles with their unmistakable shapes stands out all over the land, making it an extremely fascinating corner. A symbol of the Dukedoms of Parma and Piacenza’s ancient splendor is the magnificent Palazzo Farnese of Piacenza, together with other wonderful aristocratic palaces of the same period.
Many other attractions are offered by this land: amusement, gastronomical specialties, and great wines. A journey in the neighborhood of Piacenza will never cease to amaze thanks to the myriad surprises that this rich land brings.