Piacenza enjoys a particularly advantageous geographical position, located at the crossroads of intermodal corridors and just 70 km from Milan, with important logistics hubs and the “Piacenza Expo” international exhibition centre. The territory has a population of almost 290,000 inhabitants and is home to two important universities, the campuses of the Polytechnic of Milan and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, with over 4,000 enrolled students. The main industries are mechanics (metal and hydraulic products), agribusiness (industrial tomatoes, viticulture, local cold cuts) and construction. The area is not lacking in historic (castles, villages, art cities) and natural attractions (the Po river and hilly landscapes).
|PIACENZA||Data||Source – Year|
|Total population||287.657||Istat – 2019|
|Male||49%||Istat – 2019|
|Female||51%||Istat – 2019|
|% youth population (<15 years)||12,6%||Istat – 2019|
|% elderly population (>65 years)||24,8%||Istat – 2019|
|No. students enrolled in university||4.059||Miur – a.a. 2017/18|
Residential property market trends
(SOURCE OMI, ARTER)
The entire province of Piacenza is made up of 46 municipalities, divided into 8 macro-areas with similar territorial characteristics.
Overall, the number of transactions for the residential property market has grown across the entire province in the last 5 years, from 2,161 units in 2013 to 3,275 in 2018 with a percentage increase of +51.5 %.
Comparison of the 2018 IMI figures for the municipalities in Emilia-Romagna with respective national and regional figures reveals that Piacenza has a lively market superior to both the national and regional average.
Between 2017 and 2018, the change in transactions maintained a growth trend of + 3.9%, an increase with its highest peak in the provincial capital, which recorded growth of 14.9%.
In terms of property size, transactions in the province of Piacenza can be broken down as shown:
- 5% properties up to 50 sqm
- 22% properties between 50 sqm and 85 sqm
- 31% properties between 85 sqm and 115 sqm
- 20% properties between 115 sqm and 145 sqm
- 22% over 145 sqm
Piacenza is the province in Emilia-Romagna with the highest percentage of transactions for properties over 115 m2 (42%).
In terms of the average price for residential transactions, the provincial capital of Piacenza records an average sales value of €1,516/m2.
Description of socio-economic context
Production specialisation, districts and specialities, foreign investors in the province
Mechanics is one of the main production sectors, with outstanding manufacture of metal products, machine tools and hydraulic components. Another strong industry in the territory is agribusiness, with production including industrial tomatoes, the viticulture in the Colli Piacentini area, and typical protected cold cuts (4 DOP/PGI certifications) and cheeses such as Provolone and Grana. Other relevant sectors include construction and logistics (see Services).
A total of 219 foreign multinationals have invested in the province, including: Amada, Amazon, IMI Plc, IKEA, Siemens, and Wipak. Other outstanding companies include Astra Veicoli Industriali, Gamma S.p.A., MCM, Jobs, Bolzoni Auramo, Colla S.p.A., and Mandelli Sistemi.
|Companies and work||Data||Source – Year|
|Number of local units||30.310||Smail – 2017|
|Employees||100.388||Smail – 2017|
|Unemployment rate||5,6%||Istat – 2018|
Employees by supply chain (Smail 2017)
Innovation, transport, smart city, etc.
Piacenza holds 23rd place nationally (out of over 100 cities) in the 2019 smart city index by I-City Rank (Forum PA). Logistics is particularly strategic here with an important intermodal terminal, strategic areas (e.g. Castel San Giovanni and Le Mose pole) and a significant presence of multinational distribution centres, including Amazon (the first centre in Italy), Moncler, Ikea, and Geodis. The Piacenza Technopole is divided across 2 separate locations and is home to 2 industrial research laboratories (MUSP for machine tools and LEAP for energy and environment) as well as a business incubator. Important laboratories include the RSE.
Cultural and natural heritage, accommodation, tourism
There is a widespread presence of buildings of historical and artistic interest, from the provincial capital to the Castles of the Duchy and numerous ancient villages including Bobbio (Italy’s most beautiful village in 2019). The province registers visitor numbers equivalent to 528,000 overnight stays and an accommodation capacity of approximately 8,500 beds (2018). There are plenty of food and wine attractions in the hilly area while numerous nature trails stretch from the Po river area to the Via Francigena. Outstanding cultural attractions presents excellences such as the Piacenza’s municipal theatre and the “Nicolini” conservatory.
For more information: www.emiliaromagnaturismo.it
Map of main structures and infrastructure
|Piacenza – Milano||70|
|Piacenza – Brescia||89|
|Piacenza – Parma||67|
|Piacenza – Bologna||155|
A selection of companies from the Province of Piacenza
Real estate in Piacenza
- Piacenza The Place – piacenzatheplace.it
- Investinpiacenza – investinpiacenza.com
- Tecnopolo di Piacenza – www.tecnopolo.piacenza.it
- Comune di Piacenza – comune.piacenza.it/benvenuti
- Video – Benvenuti in Piacenza: comune.piacenza.it/benvenuti/eventi/presentazione-guida-michelin/guida-michelin