I left the apartment to find a flea market set up in Piazza Duomo. Never able to resist a good market, I casually strolled around, checking out the different stalls and vendors.I had a list of things that I wanted to see on this, my last day in Piacenza, so I set off to begin. My first stop was the Basilica di Sant Antonino.One enters the church through the towering Portico of Paradise!Next to the Basilica is Piazza Sant’ Antonino, a lovely square. The Ricci Oddi Galleria d’Arte Moderna is a nice way to spend an hour or so. The works of art belonged to the collector Giuseppe Ricci Oddi, who donated them to the city of Piacenza. I had eaten at Osteria d’Una Volta, on my first night in Piacenza. This is a nice place, serving local cuisine at very reasonable prices. Expect to drink your wine from a bowl! Once used as a military hospital, the Church of San Sepolcro was reconsecrated in 1903. My next goal was to visit the Piazza delle Crociate, so called because in the year 1095 this was the spot where Pope Urban II announced the beginning of the First Crusade. I was also interested in visiting the beautiful church that sat at the end of the Piazza — the Basilica di Santa Maria di Campagna. This is a magnificent church! From the architecture to the artwork, it is lovely to behold. If you walk past the church for a few more minutes, you will come to a section of the ancient city walls.
Next up: a wonderful finish to a fantastic three days in a beautiful city!
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