If you are looking for a fascinating area to stay that is handily placed for the Swiss and French Alps, then Piacenza could be the place for you. This is a wonderfully scenic place that lies within the Emiliano-Romagnolo region of Northern Italy. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, farm houses, apartments and campsites.
Piacenza and the surrounding towns of the region are fantastic places for hiking and cycling with many trails in the region with scenic mountain views. Canoeing is a very popular activity on the mountain stream as well as the Scoltenna, Leo, Ospitale torrents and the Rio Perticara and Panaro river. The brave tourists may like to try some other sports such as hand-gliding, paragliding, motorcycle trial riding and rock climbing.
During the winter months visitors come to the High Apennines for skiing and mountaineering. There are many excellent golf courses in Emiliano-Romagnolo including 9-hole and 18-hole courses. Trout and fly fishing is very popular in the Apennine torrents with other type of fishing available on lakes and rivers throughout the region.
A weekly market take place in Piacenza every Saturday in the city centre and there are good shops located in the Via Roma, the Via Dante and the Via Garibaldi districts. The city boasts some very good restaurants, pizzerias, bars and cafes too serving excellent Italian fare. There is plenty of nightlife in the province of Piacenza and discos located nearby.
There are a number of interesting places to visit in the region including historic building and churches such as the Cathedral of Piacenza, which was built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Other ancient sites can be seen here as well as palaces such as Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo Farnese. The region has numerous museums and galleries including Ricci Oddi Gallery in Piacenza, which is dedicated to modern Italian painters.
Milan is about an hour’s drive away via the A1 road and features some magnificent buildings, as well as many impressive designer shops. Here there is the famous San Siro football stadium, which is the home of Inter Milan and A.C Milan and is well worth a visit.
The temperature in Northern Italy does not get as hot in summer as the south, but average maximums in the Piacenza area are around 29 degrees centigrade in July and August. Temperatures normally stay in the 20 degree centigrade area between May and September. October is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 110 mm rainfall.
Linate Airport is seven kilometres from Milan and has flights to and from domestic and major European destinations such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Paris and Vienna. Car hire firms such as Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty are located at the airport. The airport is approximately 57 kilometres from Piacenza.