Pavia is famous because of it’s Certosa, located 8km away but the city is really worth the trip too. We were lucky to go there on a Saturday because some streets were closed and in addition to that, the whole city center is car free (except for the residents) so you can really walk around freely and enjoy the city.
Our first stop was the covered bridge – il ponte coperto – that was built in the middle of the 14th century by the Visconti family. The bridge was completely destroyed by bombing during 2nd world war, rebuilt in the 50’s and one of Pavia’s landmarks.
Then we walked to the very impressive Duomo (the 3rd biggest in Italy) but it is currently under renovation so we couldn’t enter. The weather was so lovely and warm that we decided to have lunch watching at it from the piazza del Duomo instead.
We then headed to the Certosa located just outside the city. It’s actually a Carthusian monastery, that was built between 1400 and 1500 after J.C again by the Visconti family.
There are free guided tours every 30 minutes starting at 14.30 and this will allow to access all the different parts of the buildings.