The ducal church of the Farnese family
A Piacenza jewel and symbol of Renaissance architecture, the Basilica of Santa Maria di Campagna represents one of architect Alessio Tramello's most accomplished works. Built between 1522 and 1528, the building is noted for its imposing size and location, far from the city centre, which in the past made it a popular stopover for pilgrims and wayfarers.
The interior of the Basilica is entirely frescoed. Look up and prepare to be left breathless. Among the most important pieces are the fresco cycle by the painter Giovanni Antonio de' Sacchis, known as Pordenone, and the colourful decorations of the Dome.
The history of the Basilica is inevitably intertwined with that of the Farnese family. It was here that the noble family celebrated baptisms and other religious ceremonies, giving thanks for victories and gathering to pray during difficult times. Inside the church is a statue depicting Ranuccio Farnese and a plaque commemorating the burial of Isabella and Francesco.
If Piacenza's rich history appeals to you, don't forget that the entire city boasts numerous buildings and monuments that tell the story of this powerful family that so profoundly marked its past. One not to be missed is Palazzo Farnese, now home to the Civic Museums.