Piacenza traces its history back to Roman times . Located near the river Po, it serves as a fortified camp protecting the Emilian Plain from invasion by both Hannibal and the Gauls . The centre is still based on the Roman plan . Piacenza has a pleasantly understated old centre that is full of fine medieval and Renaissance buildings . Pride of place goes to two bronze equestrian statues in the central Piazza Cavalli, the works of the 17th century sculptor Francesco Mochi . The Holiday Inn Piacenza is located on the outskirts of the city, 5 minutes by car from downtown and the railway station . It is near the highway Milan-Bologna exit Piacenza South and direction Turin exit Piacenza West . It is a modern hotel with 70 air conditioned rooms furnished with minibar, color television with satellite channels, direct dial telephone and modem connection . All guests with a personal laptop can connect to Internet from their room free of charge, 24 hours a day . The Hotel is also furnished with 2 meeting rooms to a maximum capacity of 55 delegates .
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