The province of Piacenza covers an area of 2589 square
kilometres and is located in the north west of Emilia Romagna, south of the
Two thirds of the area is mountainous. Moving south from the river Po ,
however, one finds a fertile plain and hills covered by vineyards which
produce a highly regarded type of grape: there are 18 wines from the area of
Piacenza which are of controlled origin or DOC. One also finds the mountains
of the Appennino Emiliano Ligure whose highest point is the Monte Bue( Bull
Mountain) which stands at a height of 1777m.
The local administrative structure is made up of 48 Communes and three
The area has a population of 263309, of which 95,132 is concentrated in the
area of Piacenza itself. 24.4% of the population is made up of people of old
age. The average family size is 2.31 . 23% of the population have a
qualification higher than that of the obligatory school diploma and 3% have
a university degree.
The rate of employment is 49.4% while unemployment stands at 5.1%.
The manufacturing sector is prevalent in the economy and is characterised by
small and medium sized firms which are particularly active in the mechanical
Points of excellence include robotics and industrial automation.
Emerging sectors of the local economy, in terms of quality and quantity of
products, are agriculture and activities linked with the transformation of
The provincial administration.
The provincial administration of Piacenza is a local governmental body which
rests between the communes and regions in the Italian administrative
hierarchy . From this position it promotes the develop of the region and its
The province of Piacenza has 382 employees and a budget of around 100
The province of Piacenza exercises a role in the following areas
Protection of the
development of water resources
development of cultural activities and facilities
Protection of flora
Provision of refuse
Control of industrial
waste, atmospheric emissions and noise pollution
Problems linked to
higher education and professional training;
administrative assistance to local public bodies
above all concerning the elaboration and adoption of the land coordination
The province of Piacenza has competencies in the following areas
Civil protection and
Support services and
voluntary servicesLabour market