The city of Pavia dates back to the Roman era under the name of Ticinum. The Longobards conquered the city in 572 and made it the capital of the Kingdom of Italy (Regnum Italicum) under the name of Papia (city of the palace). The Longobards reigned until 774 when the city was invaded and reconquered by Charles the Great. During the Carolingian period they were crowned the Kings of Italy at the San Michele church. Pavia is home to one of Italy’s oldest universities, which dates back to 1361. From the 18th to the 19th century, Pavia was ruled by foreigners: the Spanish, the French and the Austrians had at one point all ruled the city until the invasion by Napoleon in 1796. It passed again under Austrian rule from 1815 to 1859 when it became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia together with Lombardy before becoming part of the Kingdom of Italy.
Pavia boasts many valuable historic and artistic monuments which recount the city’s rich history over the centuries.
Alla scoperta del territorio
Exploring the Area: PAVIA | PAVESE
Arte, storia e cultura
Tempo libero e itinerari
Alla scoperta del territorio
I comuni paesi
Pavia, monumento alla lavandaia
Pavia, Castello Visconteo

Exploring the Area
Pavia | Pavese

Ponte Coperto Bridge
Church of San Michele Maggiore
Church of San Teodoro
The Regisole Statue
Cathedral of Pavia
Piazza della Vittoria
The Broletto
The Medieval Towers
Crypt of Sant’Eusebio
Church of Santa Maria del Carmine
Church of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro
The Visconteo Castle
The Mezzabarba Building
San Francesco Church
The University
Ghislieri College
Borromeo College
Cairoli College
The Fraschini Theatre

The Certosa of Pavia

Exploring the Area
Voghera | Oltrepò

The Duomo
The Visconteo Castle
Church of Santi Ilario e Giorgio

Castle of Oramala
Castle of Nazzano
Castle of Cigognola
Castle of Montalto Pavese
Castle of Montesegale
Castle of Zavattarello


Exploring the Area
Vigevano | Lomellina

Piazza Ducale
The Castle
The Cathedral

Castle of Scaldasole
Castle of Lomello
Castle of Cozzo
Castle of Sartirana
Castle of Frascarolo

Piazza Ducale di Vigevano