Pavia Travel Guide

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    Volta statue, University of Pavia.
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Pavia Things to Do

  • The duomo -cathedral.

    Construction of Pavia Cathedral began in the 15th century. The cathedral apparently houses the remains of St. Sirus, who was the first Bishop of Pavia, and a thorn from the Crown of Thorns worn by Christ when he was crucified.The Civic Tower - Torre Civica - which stood next to the cathedral collapsed on March 17 1989 killing four people and...

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  • Certosa di Pavia

    The Certosa di Pavia is a monastery 8 km north of Pavia. It was built between 1396 and 1495. At one time it was located on the border of a large hunting park belonging to the Visconti family who occupied Pavia's castle. Certosa means a cloistered house of the monastic Carthusian Order. This order was founded in 1044 by Saint Bruno at Grande...

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  • San Teodore

    The church of San Teodoro is called after a bishop who ran the Diocese of Pavia around AD 774.Inside the building there are marvellous sixteenth century frescoes depicting the miracles worked by St Theodore. In the nave you can see the famous fresco showing Pavia with many towers just as it appeared in 1522.I thought this church was incredibly...

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  • Ponte Coperto

    Ponte Coperto means covered bridge. It is also known as the Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge. This bridge spans the Ticino River. The original bridge, which dated from 1354, was destroyed by allied bombing in 1945. Construction of a replacement bridge began in 1949. In the centre of the bridge there is a little chapel.

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  • Piazza Della Vittoria

    This is the main square of Pavia. Its name translates as Victory Square and refers to Italy's victory in the first world war. However, locals often refer to it as Piazza Grande meaning big square. On the south side of the square stands the Broletto, an ancient medieval town hall, with a huge clock. The back of Pavia's duomo - cathedral - is visible...

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  • Castelo Visconteo

    Castle Visconteo was built by Galeazzo II Visconti in 1360, soon after he captured the city. The castle was designed by architect Bartolino da Novara. Visconteo Castle was once the main residence of the Visconti family.The castle now houses several exhibitions. There was a Monet exhibition on when we visited. We just viewed the building from the...

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  • Towers

    When we exited the back of the university onto Piazza Da Vinci, we were confronted by several tall towers.Pavia was once known as the city of one hundred towers. The first towers to be built were communal ones. Then wealthy families began to build their own private towers, vying with each other to see whose was the tallest.In 1989 the civic tower...

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  • The University of Pavia.

    The University of Pavia was founded in 1361 and consists of nine faculties. In 1858, the University was the scene of violent student protests against Austrian rule in northern Italy. Following these protests the university was temporarily shut down by the local authorities.The famous physicist Alessandro Volta held the chair of natural philosophy...

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  • Athena/Minerva Statue

    There is a large statue of Athena on the main roundabout in Pavia, not far from the train station. She is holding a shield with a Medusa head on it in one hand and a spear in the other.

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  • Pavia University

    The university of Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Europe; Originally a religious/legal institution in 825 AD , and then as a university established by Emperor Charles IV in 1361.My father insisted on taking us to the University of Pavia where there is a marble plaque, which, he assumed referred to an ancestor of ours; though I have been...

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  • Visit Fortunago

    Fortunago belongs to "I borghi più belli di Italia" (=Italy's most beautiful villages association) and deserves definitely a visit if you are in the Oltrepò Pavese area. I did not even know the name of Fortunago, but recently, I become close friend with a young lady coming from there, which initiated us to the village and to its marvellous...

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  • Ponte Coperto

    Pavia's Medieval 'covered bridge' was destroyed by bombing in the Second World War but reconstructed in the 1940s.It's worth walking down to the river to see the bridge, even though it's 'new'...some of its columns are from the old bridge.You can see the stumps of the Medieval bridge slightly upriver. It was built in the early 1300s, on the base of...

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  • San Teodoro

    San Teodoro is south-west of the Duomo, towards the river, and well worth seeking out. It's in the oldest part of Pavia, where the Roman settlement once was.Dating from the 1100s, and still obviously ancient despite subsequent restorations, this smallish church impressed me greatly.It has the most superb 16th century (1500s) fresco by Bernadino...

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  • How many towers can you spot?

    I haven't been able to find a definitive number for the still-existing towers and tower 'stumps' in Pavia, though I'm certain it exists.The town must have been astonishing when its towers were all standing...see the San Teodoro tip below for an 'aerial-view' fresco created at that time.The 'Tre Torre', near the university, give an idea of how it...

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  • San Michele

    San Michele is a very ancient church indeed. It is first mentioned in 682 (the existing building is not that old, of course) and, later, the kings of Northern Italy were crowned there.The western facade is a wonderful example of Romanesque architecture, dating from the 1100s, but time, weather and pollution have smoothed away so many of the...

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Pavia Hotels

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  • Hotel Italia

    Via partigiani, 48, Pavia, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Aurora

    Viale Vittorio Emanuele 25, Pavia, 27100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Milano

    Via delle Terme 62, Salice Terme, Pavia, 27056, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Pavia Restaurants

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    by leics Written Mar 20, 2011

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    I only stopped here for an espresso boost and, to be honest, in the hopes of finding a toilet I could use.

    The cafe/restaurant is right next to the Tre Torre, the three Medieval towers which look over Piazza Leonardo da Vinci. It's got permanent outside tables under an awning and is clearly a popular place with students.

    The staff were lovely, the coffee was good and the toilet was sparklingly clean (and very much appreciated!).

    I didn't eat anything but noticed there was a pretty good menu of basics and staples, with a 'specials' board as well. Their website has menus and info about booking etc (in Italian).

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Pavia Transportation

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    by satara Written Apr 4, 2006

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    the most practic way to move around. Near the station of trains you can rent the bicycles - that's a newly opened service.

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Pavia Shopping

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    by satara Written Apr 4, 2006

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    Strada Nuova is the main pedestrian and shopping area where you can find all kinds of little boutiques. But, in my humble opinion, the prices are quite high.

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Pavia Local Customs

Pavia Warnings and Dangers

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    by satara Written Apr 6, 2006

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    In Pavia, like in all Pianura Padana zone of Italy, during the summer hot and humid days it's practically impossible to evit the bites of "zanzara" (mosquitoes). Just imagine, dining out at some pizza restaurant and if the waiter doesn't bring you some special spray or light some special candle to keep away the flies and mosquitoes, your dinner won't last long...:)

    This cloud of mosquitoes is due to the rice fields - the largest production of Italian rice comes from this zone.

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Pavia Off The Beaten Path

  • Crypt of St.Eusebio

    The Crypt of St.Eusebio is located in Piazza Leonardo da Vinci. Apart the ruins there isn't nothing to see!

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  • Cormorant

    The area of Pavia is a habitat of many birds, like the cormorants who like to relax in the waters of river Ticino just beneath the Ponte Coperto bridge.

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  • Visit the canal

    A Sunday walk near the Navigli zone can be a nice idea. If you're lucky you will see some nutria that live in the waters of canal.

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Pavia Sports & Outdoors

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    by satara Written Apr 6, 2006

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    The favorite place for joggers is the Vernavola park in the zone of Citta Giardino.
    Not only for running, biking, horse riding (yes!), but also for wild birds watching, for visiting the children playgrounds with your little ones.

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    • Horse Riding
    • Camping

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