Old Bridge, Pavia
Located in the southwestern corner of the Italian region of Lombardy, Pavia is best known for its agricultural significance to the Italian market. Located near the rivers Po and Ticino, Pavia has rich, fertile soils that let its land produce some of the best wine, rice, cereal, and dairy products in all of Italy. Despite this its idyllic nature, Pavia is well known for having some of the best historical and cultural landmarks in the entire region of Lombardy.
Pavia is a hot bed of religious and historical architecture. Located eight kilometers north of the city and dating back to 1396 is the world renowned Certosa di Pavia, more commonly known as the Carthusian monastery. This rich amalgamation of Gothic and Renaissance architecture is a rich piece of Italian history that boasts both grace and opulence. Furthermore, Pavia is home to San Michele Maggiore, a church which is an excellent architectual example of Lombardy's role in the former Roman Empire, as well as The Basilica of San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, which was referenced in Dante's eponymous poem The Divine Comedy.
Pavia also boasts some of the oldest universities in Italy, if not the entire continent of Europe. The University of Pavia is a monument of neoclassical architecture, and being founded in 1361 makes it among the oldest and most prestigious universities in the entirety of Europe. More famous than its educational programs is Orto Botanico dell'Università di Pavia, the university's botanical gardens. Pavia is also home to Ghislieri College. Founded in by Pope Pius V in 1567, this school is well known amongst scholars as one of the best academic institutions that Italy has to offer.
Boasting both rich landscapes and a great cultural history, Pavia is one of the oldest and most established areas in Lombardy. Historical architecture juxtaposes with ingrained universities to make one of the most diverse cities in all of Italy