Piacenza is a city and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Piacenza. Modern forms of the name descend from Latin Placentia. The etymology is long-standing, tracing an origin from the Latin verb, placēre, "to please." It is thus a "pleasant abode" or as James Boswell reported some of the etymologists of his time to have translated, "comely." This was a name "of good omen."
Piacenza boasts a great number of historical palaces, often characterized by splendid gardens.
- Palazzo Comunale, also known as il Gotico, was built in 1281.
- Palazzo Farnese, begun in 1568.
- Palazzo Landi.
- Palazzo Costa.
- Palazzo Somaglia.
- Palazzo Scotti, housing the Museum of Natural History.
- Palazzo dei Mercanti (17th century), the current Town Hall.
Other Places of Interest
- Piazza Cavalli is the main square of the town.
- The Duomo di Piacenza is the Catholic cathedral of the diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio.
- The church of St. Francis, in Piazza Cavalli, is a 12th century Romanesque/Gothic edifice.
- The basilica of Sant'Antonino is an example of Romanesque architecture.
- The basilica of San Savino, dedicated to St. Victor's successor, was begun in 903.
- San Giovanni in Canale was founded by the Dominicans in 1220.
- Santa Maria in Campagna, a Renaissance church, faces Piazzale delle Crociate ("Crusades Square")
- St. Sixtus is a Renaissance church with a precious choir.
- The most famous relic of the region's pre-Roman civilization.