Province of Piacenza

Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Province of Piacenza
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About Province of Piacenza

The province of Piacenza (Italian: province of Piacenza) is a province of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The provincial capital is the city of Piacenza. As of 2016, it has a total population of 286,572 inhabitants over an area of 2,585.86 square kilometers (998.41 square miles), giving it a population density of 111.38 inhabitants per square kilometer. The city of Piacenza has a population of 102,269 inhabitants since 2015. The provincial president is Patrizia Barbieri and contains 48 municipalities (singular: municipality). The province dates back to its foundation by the Romans in 218 BC.


Piacenza was founded by the Romans for military purposes in 218 BC. It was conquered by the Carthaginian Hasdrubal II in 207 BC. and the city was sacked in 200 B.C. from the Gauls. A key city in the region, it was destroyed by barbarians but the city was rebuilt under the rule of bishops in the 10th century. In the twelfth century, the city was a free municipality and later fought against Frederick I, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire as part of the Lombard League. In the Renaissance period it passed from the French, to the papal, to the viscounts, to the domain of the Sforza. Pope Paul III formed the duchy of Parma and Piacenza and Piacenza became part of this duchy. He voted for a union between it and Piedmont in May 1848; this union was promulgated in 1859.

In October 2012, it was confirmed that the Province of Piacenza would be merged with the Province of Parma in 2014 to become the Province of Piacenza and Parma, despite the controversy over the name chosen. However, after the dismissal of Prime Minister Mario Monti, the provincial union was canceled.


The province of Piacenza is the westernmost of the nine provinces of the Emilia-Romagna region in north-western Italy. It is delimited to the east by the Province of Parma, to the north by the Province of Cremona, by the Province of Lodi and by the Province of Pavia in the Lombardy region. The Province of Alessandria is located in the west in the Piedmont region and to the south is the Province of Genoa in the Liguria region.

The northernmost part of the province is largely flat, but the southernmost two thirds are hilly and extend up to the Ligurian Apennines; the highest point in the province is the top of Monte Bue which is 1,777 meters (5,830 feet) above sea level. The alluvial plain of the Po Valley is agricultural land and there are many vineyards that grow grapes from which the eighteen wines of the region are produced. There is a bit of light industry, mainly in the mechanical sector, and part of this is related to the agricultural sector.

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