Just short of the regional border with Lombardy, Piacenza is worth a quick stopover if you’re in the area. Its picturesque centre boasts a beautiful Gothic town hall and a couple of august churches.
The train station is on the eastern edge of the old town, an easy 20-minute walk from the central square, Piazza dei Cavalli, where you’ll find the tourist office (
Piacenza destination guides
Francigena Way: Pavia to Parma
Take the Via Emilia from Pavia to Parma, past fields of wheat and corn and cities and towns housing architectural jewels