Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Piacenza (Latin, Placentia), capital of the province of the same name, is an Italian town, situate on the right bank of the Po, near its confluence with the Trebbia, in a fertile plain half-way between Parma and Milan. It is now, as it was of old, of military importance. The chief buildings are the cathedral of the 13th and following centuries, the 13th-century town-hall, the Palazzo Farnese, and some fine churches containing good paintings. Chief industries are the manufacture of woollens, cottons, stockings, hats, leather, silks-pinning, paper-making. Gregory X. was born here.