TRIP TO ITALY: DISCOVER PIACENZA (part 2)

Trip to ItalyDur­ing your stay in Vaca­tion Rental B&B Borgo di Vigoleno® you can spend a day to dis­cover Pia­cenza and his old downtown that reveals its ancient origins and its medieval expansion. The two bronze equestrian statues of Alessandro and Ranuccio Farnese, made by Francesco Mochi in the 17th century, keep watch over Piazza Cavalli, the town square borderd by the Governor’s Palace, the Gothic Palace, a wonderful example of civil architecture dating back to the 13th century, and the Church of San Francesco built i 1278 to 1363 according to the Gothic-Lombard style which preserves many sculptures, paintings and traces of frescos dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.

From Piazza Cavalli through via XX Settembre you get Piazza Duomo, the religious square commissioned by Pope Paolo III Farnese by the mid Sixteenth century and bordered by arcades build between 1122 and 1233, one of the most important examples of Romanesques artistic style.

The building of the Chathedral engaged some famous Italian artists such ad Morazzone, Guercino, Camillo Procaccini and Ludovico Carracci. The compact architectural balance of the old town centre is enriched by other important ancient religious temples: the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, built by the first bishop of Piacenza between 350 and 375; the Basilica of San Savino, built in 903, which preserves two precious polychromatic mosaics dating back to the 12th century and the church of San Giovanni, build by the Dominicans in 1220.

The Reinassance essential lines reveal themselves in the three architectural works of Alessio Tramello: the Basilicas of Santa Maria di Campagna, San Sepolcro e San Sisto. The last one was built at the beginning of the 16th century and enriched with Campi, Pittoni and Procaccini’s works. For this church, Raphael painted the famous Madonna Sistina, sold by the monks of the monastery to Augustus III of Saxony in 1754 and presently kept in a Museum in Dresden.

The Basilica of Santa Maria in Campagna was built between 1522 and 1528 in order to properly preserve and to allow the veneration of the wooden statue of miraculous “Madonna della Campagnola”. Inside the Church the Pordenones’s wonderful frescos are worth admiring.

The stylish residences of Piacenza are also worth seeing: from thd 15th century Palazzo Landi, presently the Courthouse, to the 17th century Palazzo Scotti. The facades of the austere buildings hide one of the many treasures of this town from view: magnificent halls, remarkable grand staircases, frescoed rooms and staircases. 

Art and history are also leading actors in the three museum centers of the town: the Civic Museum, the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery and the Collegio Alberoni Museum. (End part 2)