Lombard standard bearer re-entering Milan in 1167 (the year of the League's foundation) after its destruction in 1162 by Emperor Frederick I. Bas-relief Porta Romana, Milan (1171)
The defense of the Carroccio during the battle of Legnano (by Amos Cassioli, 1860)
Member cities of the first and second Lombard League.
Frederick Barbarossa in a miniature of 1188
Lombard milites depicted on the Porta Romana relief of 1171
Pope Alexander III
City coat of arms of Cremona on the town hall
A Bronze replica of the Peace of Constance in Konstanz. Illustrating the comunes of the Lombard League in 1183.
The Milanese in the presence of Frederick Barbarossa ask for clemency after the surrender of the city (1162)
Cremona in the 17th century
Medieval miniature depicting the Battle of Cortenuova (1237)
Pontida: plaque commemorating the constitutive oath of the Lombard League (1167).
Po river in Cremona in the 18th century
Medieval miniature depicting the Battle of Parma (1248)
Frederick Barbarossa kneeling before Henry the Lion at Chiavenna
The Cathedral and the Baptistery of Cremona
Medieval miniature depicting the Battle of Fossalta (1249)
The sepulcher and a copy of the cross by Ariberto d'Intimiano, in Milan Cathedral.
Statue of Stradivari in Stradivari Square
The Olona River at the Visconteo castle in Legnano
Lady Blunt Stradivarius
A video showing the phases of the battle of Legnano, highlighting the troop movements
City hall (Palazzo del Comune)
Cascina Brughetto in Sacconago
The Loggia dei Militi
The Carroccio during the battle of Legnano in a painting by Amos Cassioli
Violin shop
The ancient medieval church of San Giorgio in a watercolor by Giuseppe Pirovano of 1892
Astronomical clock on the Torrazzo belltower
The Carroccio with the cross of Aribert in a miniature of the 11th century
The soldiers of the Lombard League who seek in vain the dead body of Frederick Barbarossa on a 1913 illustration
View of the Parco castello in Legnano. In the background you can see the Legnanese quarter of Costa San Giorgio, while in the foreground you can see part of the escarpment that may have been the scene of the battle of Legnano
The church of San Martino in Legnano, which dominates a slope that slopes down towards the Olona, another possible place where the battle of Legnano may have been fought
Konstanz: commemorative plaque of the peace treaty
Il Monument to the Warrior of Legnano, often mistakenly associated with Alberto da Giussano

The Battle of Legnano was a battle between the imperial army of Frederick Barbarossa and the troops of the Lombard League on May 29, 1176, near the town of Legnano in present-day Lombardy, in Italy.

- Battle of Legnano

Formed at Pontida on 1 December 1167, the Lombard League included—beside Verona, Padua, Vicenza and Venice—cities like Crema, Cremona, Mantua, Piacenza, Bergamo, Brescia, Milan, Genoa, Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Treviso, Vercelli, Lodi, Parma, Ferrara and even some lords, such as the Marquis Malaspina and Ezzelino da Romano.

- Lombard League

At the Battle of Legnano on 29 May 1176, the emperor's army finally was defeated.

- Lombard League

Frederick Barbarossa, on the other hand, repudiated the policy of his predecessors by attempting to restore imperial control over the northern Italian municipalities, also on the basis of the requests of some of the latter, who repeatedly asked for imperial intervention to limit Milan's desire for supremacy: in 1111 and 1127 the city conquered, respectively, Lodi and Como, forcing Pavia, Cremona and Bergamo to passivity.

- Battle of Legnano

However, in 1167 the city changed sides and joined the Lombard League.

- Cremona

Its troops were part of the army that, on 29 May 1176, defeated Barbarossa in the Battle of Legnano.

- Cremona
Lombard standard bearer re-entering Milan in 1167 (the year of the League's foundation) after its destruction in 1162 by Emperor Frederick I. Bas-relief Porta Romana, Milan (1171)

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City and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, the capital of the eponymous province.

City and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, the capital of the eponymous province.

Mosaic of the old city Coat of Arms
Two gold Doppie (1626) depicting Odoardo Farnese (obv) and Placentia floret ("Piacenza flourishes")(rev).
The French Pass the River Po at Piacenza, by Giuseppe Pietro Bagetti, 1803.
Piacenza railway bridge over Po river in a 19th-century image.
Piazza Cavalli and the façade of Palazzo Comunale il Gotico''.
Façade of the Cathedral.
Ranuccio I Farnese monument in Piacenza
Via XX Settembre shopping street.
Basilica of Sant'Antonino, Piacenza, patron of Piacenza.
The Renaissance church of San Sisto.
Teatro Municipale (Piacenza)

Piacenza and Cremona were founded as Roman military colonies in May 218 BC. The Romans had planned to construct them after the successful conclusion of the latest war with the Gauls ending in 219 BC. In the spring of 218 BC, after declaring war on Carthage, the Senate decided to accelerate the foundation and gave the colonists 30 days to appear on the sites to receive their lands.

From 1126, Piacenza was a free commune and an important member of the Lombard League.

In this role, it took part in the war against Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, and in the subsequent battle of Legnano (1176).