Piacenza

There are at least three masterpieces to be admired in the historical centre of Piacenza. Palazzo Gotico in Piazza Cavalli, clad in white stone and red marble from Verona. Palazzo del Governatore, a neoclassical building in the same square. The Municipal Theatre in Via Verdi no. 41, a magnificent building from the late eighteenth century inspired by La Scala in Milan, with romantic interiors and an opulently decorated foyer.

A little art? In the city you can discover the collections of Musei Civici di Palazzo Farnese. The most admired works are "Il Tondo" by Botticelli and the Etruscan liver, a bronze model of a sheep's liver with inscriptions from the II-I century BC. Entering the historical centre, Galleria Alberoni is worth a visit with a collection of precious tapestries and the treasure of the gallery "Ecce Homo" painted by Antonello da Messina.

For an afternoon in close contact with nature, there is no need to leave the city. Visit the Museum of Natural History at the Urban Centre: botany, zoology, earth science, a herbarium from the nineteenth century and a beautiful ornithological collection. For a taste of nineteenth and twentieth century art, we recommend a stop at Galleria d'Arte Moderna Ricci Oddi, a collection of more than seven hundred works from the nineteenth century to the present day.
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