358 Route 50. PIACEJNZ.A. From Milán
of whom fell in the action. Here also a sanguinary conflict took
place between the French and the Austrians, on 7th June, 1859,
resulting in the retreat of the latter. The Parish Church contains
a Baptism of Christ, by Borgognone. Steam-tramway to Sant' Angelo,
see below. — 1572 M. Tavazzano. Innumerable • cuttings for pur-
poses of irrigation and drainage here intersect the fruitful plain.
2072 M. Lodi (260 ft.; Alb. Solé e Gambero, R. 2-272, omn.
V2 fr-; ASb. Vignolo), a town with 17,300 inhab., founded by Frede¬
rick Barbarossa in 1162 after the destruction of Lodi Vecchio (see
below), was one of the bitterest enemies of Milán in the middle
ages. It is celebrated as the scene of Napoleon's storming of the
bridge over the Adda, lOth May, 1796. Excellent Parmesan cheese
is made in the neighbourhood. — The Cathedral contains an ancient
relief of the Last Supper. San Lorenzo, a Romanesque church of
the 12th cent., has been restored in the original style since 1889.
The church of the *Incoronata, erected by Giov. Battaggio and Giov.
Dolcebuono in 1488-94 and somewhat spoiled by restoration, con¬
tains altar-pieces by Borgognone (1498) and Calisto Piazza of Lodi,
afine organ-gallery by Dan. Gambriano (1507), and elabórate choir-
stalls by C. A. Lanzani (ca. 1700).
From Lodi ateam-tramways run to Paviu (viá Sant' Angelo Lodigiano),
to Bergamo (viá Treviglio), and to Soncino (Brescia; viá Crema).
Lodi Vecchio, the oíd Román colony of Laus Pompeia, destroyed by
the Milanese in 1111 and 1158, lies 3»/z M. to the W. of Lodi. The un¬
important village containa some Román remains and two interesting
churches: San Bassiano, a handsome brick building with 15th cent, fres¬
coes, and the Badia di San Pietro, also embelliahed with frescoes.
¿27/2 M. Casalpusterlengo (branch-line to Pavia, see p. 205). —
35i/2 M. Codogno (190 ft.), with 10,300 inhab. and a large trade in
cheese, is the junction for a branch-line to Cremona (see p. 206).
— We cross the Po immediately before reaching Piacenza.
42 M. Piacenza. — Hotels. «Alb. San Marco (Pl. a; D, 2), Via
S. Marco, R. 3-31/2, omn. 3/t fr.; Croce Bianca (Pl. b; D, 2), Via del
Dazio Vecchio, opposite the market, with good restaurant, R. 2l¡i-3lli,
ómnibus 3/» fr- i Italia (Pl. c; C, 3), Via Garibaldi. — Cafés. Roma and
others, in the Piazza de' Cavalli; Café Grande, in the Corso Vitt. Ema¬
nuele II. (PL C, 3). — "Railway Restaurant.
Oab. Per drive 70 c; from the station to the town 1 fr. (30 c more
at night); per hr. ii/2 fr.; each box 25 c. — Tramway from the station to
Chief Attractions (1/2 day): Palazzo Municipale; Cathedral; Palazzo
Farnese; San Sisto.
Piacenza (200 ft.), with 35,600 inhab., the capital of a province
and the see of a bishop, lies 1/3 M. from the S. bank of the Po,
which is crossed by a bridge-of-boats and a railway-bridge. The
town possesses several interesting churches (closed 12-3).
Piacenza waa founded by the Romana, B.C. 219, as Colonia Placentia,
in a position commanding one of the passages of the Po, which lent it
importance as a fortress against the Gauls. Cremona (p. 206) was founded
at the same time. In the middle agea Piacenza held a high rank in the
league of the Lombard towns, and waa the subject of fierce atruggles be¬
tween the Scotti, Torriani, etc., until in 1313 it was aeized by the Visconti.