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Musei Civici di Palazzo Farnese

The architectural complex, which includes the 16th century palace of Farnese dukes and the 14th century citadel built by Visconti family – who controlled the city before the Farnese – houses the city Civic Museums, divided in different sections.












Address: Piazza Cittadella, 29
Telephone: +39 0523 492658 (ticket office) - +39 0523 492662 (office)
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The Musei Civici of Palazzo Farnese adhere to the Circuit Piacenza networked museums


The project of the palace, desired by the natural daughter of the emperor Charles V of Spain, Margherita d’Austria, and by her husband Ottavio Farnese, was designed by the famous architect Jacopo Barozzi, known as Il Vignola. The works began in 1558 to be interrupted ten years later. Restarted in 1588 by Alessandro, son of Margherita, continued on a steady pace with his heirs until Antonio – the last of Farnese dukes – died in 1731. Then a long period of decay characterised the unfinished palace. In this splendid architectural complex of Palazzo Farnese there are the Civic Museums with its many sections:

- Museo delle Carrozze: among the most prestigious of Carriage Museums in Italy for the variety of its pieces and their preservation. Among the carriages on show there are gala carriages, travel carriages, stages, landau, calashes, prams from the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Armeria: of this arms collection (about 400 pieces) there are some examples of offensive and defensive arms. The armours are also interesting, some splendid works by the Milanese armorer Pompeo della Cesa, and a series of foot soldier swords from Veneto of the 17th century.
- Affreschi, Sculture, Fasti Farnesiani, Vetri e Ceramiche: a large collection of frescoes, sculptures, epigraphs, glasses and ceramics from the 13th to the 18th century mainly from religious collections or private donations.

- Museo del Risorgimento: distributed on four rooms, it collects documents, rare objects, pictures, and arms from the periods 1848-49 and 1859-61.

- Pinacoteca: the art gallery houses the famous Tondo by Botticelli depicting the Virgin in adoration of the Child with the young Saint John the Baptist. The gallery also preserves the precious “Rizzi-Vaccari” collection.

- Museo Archeologico: in the Cittadella Viscontea nearby, the archaeological museum collects findings and objects attesting the Prehistory and Proto-history of Piacenza territory and, in a dedicated room, there is the famous Fegato Etrusco (Etruscan liver). This is a bronze model of a sheep liver with inscriptions of names of gods, a rare testimony to Etruscan religious practices.

Jun 30, 2020 - Dec 13, 2014