Towers, history, architecture.
None that I came across.
'City of a hundred towers'...but not now.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Pavia retains far more of its Medieval buildings and street layout than I had expected to find.As you wander and explore keep your eyes open not only for the 'stumps' of the many tower houses which once existed (and the few which still stand) but also for little glimpses of ancient buildings poking out from their more modern refurbishment. I've...more
The very Romanesque style architecture with small windows and arch vault. Built in the early XII century.The buildings in Pavia at that time were mostly built with bricks. San Michele is an exception. Its exterior is entirely stone.Please have time to enter the church and look up the cross on the facade from the back. Following the light coming...more
The church of San Michele Maggiore is the most important Medieval religious building of the town. It is a masterpiece of the Romanesque Lombardo with many testimonies of the time in which Pavia was the capital of the Lombards Reign. The church was built in the 9th century and it was made in sandstone. In this church Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor,...more
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).
the most practic way to move around. Near the station of trains you can rent the bicycles - that's a newly opened service.
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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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.
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.