Podenzano (118 m. asl)
Along the tree-bordered road, just before Podenzano, we reach Gariga (in the area were found remains of mosaics and Roman tombs) where a castle, now a noble country-residence, stands; on the east side of the structure traces of the draw bridge are still visible; on the first floor there are elegant rooms with paneled ceilings.
In Podenzano, 11 Km. from Piacenza, there is a XVI c. castle built on the remains of one first mentioned in 1152. The castle, now the town hall, was rebuilt in the XVI c. with stone walls on a rectangular plan , and boasts two cylindrical and two square towers at the corners.
The Romanesque Oratory of St. Germano (IX c.), by now transformed in Baroque style, has the apse decorated with small suspended arches along the cornice, and has kept its original fine bell tower.
The new parish church, designed by Eng. Ucelli and built in a proud Byzantine style contains a very fine and unique Via Crucis created by the painter Luciano Ricchetti (1897-1977).
The Physicist and Mathematician Giuseppe Veneziani (1772-1853), was born in Podenzano.