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Towers, palaces, and medieval lanes. Discover Pavia, the city of saints, emperors and scientists

The Longobards,
the old university,
The sala azzurra
and the liberty bridge
Are you ready
to discover Pavia?

Its courtyards have been treaded by Ugo Foscolo and Alessandro Volta. We are talking about one of the world’s oldest universities (1361), which has enlivened the city of Pavia for the last and 700 years. As you roam among the showcases of its museums, from that of comparative anatomy to Volta’s scientific cabinet, everything exudes science and history. Including the 18th century Botanical Gardens, where you can enjoy a break in the shade of a 45-metre high centuries-old plane tree.

 

In the city of Kings. The Lombard greatness (572-774) has left a strong sense of pride among the citizens of Pavia, as well as several testimonies in the city, like the three Crypts of Santa Maria alle Cacce, San Giovanni Domnarum and Sant’Eusebio, with magnificent “fibula” and “waterleaf” capitals. It is inspiring to admire from up close the Teodote stone plutei and the funerary gold jewelry, preserved at the Musei Civici del Castello Visconteo, a red brick fortress with huge towers at the wall corners. In 2017, don’t miss the exhibition/event entitled: “I Longobardi e l’Europa”. When the city will again belong to kings and warriors.

History seen from up close. It happens in the Ro...

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CULT CITY MAP/ Pavia in ten things to do and see

CULT CITY Ambassador

“A walk with friends in Pavia? At night, in the quiet little lanes in the centre where the only thing you can hear is your footsteps“.
Max Pezzali
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CULT CITY LIFE/ Pavia THREE UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES

Pavia / CASTELLO DI BELGIOIOSO

Not far from Pavia, the Castello di Belgioioso is a Visconti-era masterpiece where culture, epics and legends meet

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Pavia / THE ENCHANTING CERTOSA

Just ten minutes from Pavia you’ll discover the magic of the ancient Certosa, commissioned by the Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti of Milan

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Pavia / UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

The University of Pavia campus is buzzing with life, while its halls conceal wonderful treasure. Discover where Einstein fell in love

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CULT CITY GALLERY/ THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF Pavia

Teatro Fraschini, Pavia
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Liberty Bridge, Pavia
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Università di Pavia
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San Teodoro Basilica, Pavia
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Arca di Sant'Agostino, Pavia
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Broletto, Pavia
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Castello Visconteo, Pavia
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Palazzo Mezzabarba, Pavia
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San Michele Maggiore, Pavia
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Santa Maria in Betlem, Pavia
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