Piazza dei Cavalli


Dominated by Palazzo Gotico, the impressive 13th-century town hall, Piacenza's main square is named after its two baroque equestrian statues, cast by the Tuscan sculptor Francesco Mochi between 1612 and 1625. Depicted here are the Farnese dukes Alessandro and Ranuccio, gallantly seated astride martial bronze horses.

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Nearby Piacenza attractions

1. Palazzo Farnese

0.23 MILES

On the northern edge of the centro storico (historic centre), this vast palace was started in 1558 but never fully completed. It now houses Piacenza's…

2. Duomo

0.26 MILES

An ultra-dark church even by Italian standards, Piacenza’s cold, dungeonlike cathedral is classic Romanesque. If you can strain your eyes hard enough, you…

3. Ricci Oddi Galleria d'Arte Moderna

0.31 MILES

Piacenza’s hidden secret is this modern art collection amassed by local aficionado Ricci Oddi in the early 20th century. Well lit and cleverly laid out…

4. Fortifcazioni di Pizzighettone

10.29 MILES

Pizzighettone's big attraction is its well-preserved rampart wall, which still encircles its small historic centre. The walls were designed in the 12th…

5. Chiesa di Sant'Agostino

16.92 MILES

Once inside the 14th-century Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, head for the third chapel on the right, the Cappella Cavalcabò, which features a stunning late…

6. Museo del Violino

17.01 MILES

Cremona’s history echoes to sound of violins and violin-making, meaning a visit to this relatively new, state-of-the-art museum is practically obligatory…

7. Museo Civico Ala Ponzone

17.09 MILES

Set in the spacious halls of the Palazzo Affaitati, Cremona's finest art gallery houses an exquisite collection of paintings dating from the 15th to the…

8. Villa Verdi

17.09 MILES

Verdi's 56-room villa, where he composed many of his major works, is 5km northwest of Busseto. Verdi lived and worked here from 1851 onwards and literally…