Piacenza is a Roman city founded in 218 B.C as a military camp near the Po river
. Its etymology trace origin from the Latin verb, placēre
, "to please".
During the centuries Piacenza has indeed become a beautiful city sited on the Padana Plain, close to the Apennine Mountains. The orography of Piacenza's territory, composed valleys
and fertile planes, creates complex and beautiful landscapes.
Piacenza is set in one of the more populated areas in Italy, and has one of the largest old town in Italy.
Some of the sights Piacenza historical centre are described below.