Along the Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori dei Colli Piacentini, coppa (seasoned pork shoulder), pancetta (pork underbelly or bacon) and salami are the real witnesses of “the culture of pork” passed down over the centuries. Other specialties are culatello delle nebbie and fiocchetto, to be enjoyed and tasted with the fried dumplings and bortellina, a kind of fried muffin. In addition to the well-known cheeses such as Provolone Valpadana, the chestnuts of Castell'Arquato and the snails of Bobbio are not to be missed as well. La Strada del Po e dei Sapori della Bassa Piacentina offers the fine white garlic of Monticelli d'Ongina, the cherries of Villanova and several sweets including buslanêi, collane di Ciambellina, and turtlitt, typical of Italian carnival.
“Piacenza worthy and through land": this is how Leonardo da Vinci described it. Piacenza is the crossroads of four regions: Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Liguria and Tuscany. A landscape of hills, castles, towers and manor-houses, streams which cross luxuriant valleys; in the city, the Po River flows slowly and majestically behind the historic centre. Founded in 218 B.C. as a Roman colony, around the year 1000 it was an important stop-off point along the Sigerico walk, the via Francigena, which from Canterbury led to Rome travelled by thousands of pilgrims.
At the Museums of Palazzo Farnese: Madonna Adoring the Child by Sandro Botticelli;
Frescoes by Guercino in the Cathedral bell tower
At the Alberoni College: Ecce Homo by Antonello da Messina