A place of charm, Piacenza is dominated by magnificent and marvelous nature. It is a land full of natural beauties, valleys, and mountains, but also history and art. Apart from these, Piacenza offers numerous other things to keep you captivated, from food specialties, great wines to amusement. Be sure to check out their historic architectural marvels like Piacenza Cathedral or the stunning Sant’Antonino Basilica. Still, history lovers can have the time of their lives at Farnese Palazzo Civic Museums. A journey to Piacenza and its surroundings will never cease to impress you. In this article, we bring to you the best things to do in and around Piacenza, Italy to make your holiday memorable. Grab your notepad and get planning.
Italian cuisine is one of the most popular and delicious in the world, so imagine learning the art of authentic Italian cuisines on this three-hour home cooking experience. On this tour, you will visit a traditional Emilion house and learn the techniques of cooking various Italian dishes under chef Sara. After the preparation, you enjoy your delicious creation along with wine. There’s no better gift could you take home with you than the souvenir of great food that will keep reminding you of the fun you had, and that you can cook up each time you are reminded of Piacenza.
Traditional Home Cooking Class in Piacenza
Duration 3 hours
Seeing the world from high above is an experience unmatched by any other. On this private tour, soar high up in the sky and watch the beauty of Emilia-Romagna roll down below you. The tour begins with your pickup from the hotel. When you arrive at the launch spot, you will be briefed about the ride and safety. After this, you step inside the basket and thus begin your exhilarating and exciting one-hour journey. The balloons are directed by the breeze, hence each ride will be different and candid. The hot-air balloon holds up to five people in addition to the pilot.
Emilia-Romagna Private Hot Air Balloon Flight from Bologna
Duration 3 hours
3. Attempt an escape-room challenge at Intrappola Escape Room
Suspense, thrill, mystery, and the clock ticking - the perfect combination to give you an adrenaline rush. In the famous Intrappola Escape room, you get to experience these things. Become the investigator you always wanted to be, and solve the mystery and get back to reality before time runs out. You will be trapped in a cell and there is only one way out, but finding that way is going to take all the detective skills that you acquired watching Sherlock Holmes or CSI. It is not child’s play. If this kind of thrill excites you and makes you want to become a world-class investigator, this is for you. Do not miss out on this exhilarating opportunity.
Intrappola Escape Room
Address: Via Taverna 11, Piacenza
Website: Intrappola Escape Room
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: From 69.97 USD per team of 2 to 6 people.
On this three-hour walking tour, enjoy the delicious culinary delights of the Brera area. Stop at different spots to taste cheese, beer, and other delicacies. You will also sample classic Milanese dishes such as mondeghili, the local meatballs. As you walk through the streets of Brera, learn about the history of food and dining in Milan. This is the dream of every food lover; do not miss it.
Milan Small-Group Guided Food Tour of Brera
Duration 3 hours
5. Visit the historic Palazzo Farnese
Palazzo Farnese is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Italy. It serves as an example of high Renaissance art and it is located in Rome. The palace once belonged to one of the most famous families of Renaissance Rome and it is currently the location of the French Embassy. The tour inside the Palazzo Farnese is free and is conducted exclusively by a guide. A point to note is that the tour happens only in English, French, or Italian, and interpreters for other languages are not allowed. Photography, videos, bags, and bulky items are not allowed. There is also no place to deposit them in, so make sure you leave your essentials at the hotel, Airbnb, or your home.
Address: Piazza Farnese, 67, 00100 Roma RM, Italy
Time to visit: Mon, Wed & Fri: 3pm, 4pm & 5pm
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: 10.49 USD
6. Explore the stunning Piacenza Cathedral
The Piacenza Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Cathedral and it was built on the remains of the pre-existing cathedral of S.Giustina, which was destroyed in an Earthquake. It is an important example of Romanesque art in Italy. The cathedral is both simple and magnificent, at the same time. It has a total external length of 85 m, and a façade height of 32 m, which makes it the largest Romanesque church in Emilia-Romagna. Be sure to visit this Cathedral for a blast from the past. Be amazed while exploring this Renaissance wonder and explore for yourself the splendor of it.
Address: Piazza Duomo, 29100 Piacenza PC, Italy
Website: Piacenza Cathedral
Opening hours: 9am - 12pm, 4pm - 7pm (daily)
Price: Free entry
7. Check out the architectural marvel of San Sisto
A Roman Catholic Church, San Sisto is the first religious work of architect Alessio Tramello in its maturity. It is located near Palazzo Farnese and thus, you can visit both on the same day. Plan your trip to get immersed in Roman history.
Address: Via S. Sisto, 9, 29121 Piacenza PC, Italy
Price: Free entry
8. Wander around Piazza Cavalli
Piazza Cavalli is named after the equestrian monuments dedicated to the Farnese. It was earlier known as the Piazza Grande and it is as old as the neighboring San Francesco Church. It is historical, beautiful and impressive, and gives you peace and tranquillity by its peaceful atmosphere.
Address: Piazza Cavalli, 29121 Piacenza PC, Italy
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
9. View the artwork at Ricci Oddi Galleria d'Arte Moderna
Piacenza’s modern art collection, Ricci Oddi Galleria d'Arte Moderna, is a hidden gem. The collection catalogs various artistic schools and stylistic movements such as Symbolism in the 1830s to the 1930s. For the inner art buff in you, visit this art gallery and let the art connoisseur in you take the front seat.
Ricci Oddi Galleria d'Arte Moderna
Address: Via San Siro 13, Piacenza, Italy
Website: Ricci Oddi Galleria d'Arte Moderna
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9:30am - 12.30pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 5.83 USD
Your journey begins in San Colombano al Lambro, where you will meet your pilot, crew and other passengers. You will be briefed about the safety measures required and the journey. There are 12 seats in each balloon, which is of the rainbow color. The hot-air balloon is the only air flight that gives you a 360-degree panoramic view. The balloon will go up to the maximum height of 500 meters or 1,500 feet. Enjoy your spectacular ride and the stunning view of Milan, the skyline of Milan, and other places like Piacenza.
Hot Air Balloon Flight in the Countryside
An unforgettable time in Piacenza
This list of 10 of the most interesting things to do and places to visit in Piacenza comes to an end. Now, all you need to do is figure out which of the activities you’ll start with then work your way down the list. For an unforgettable time in Piacenza, be sure to indulge in as much of the activities as time allows.
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