A few kilometres from Milan there is a land of hidden and almost secret beauty, immersed in the hills, with endless views and a history with very deep roots. Medieval villages rich in charm and legends, where nature hosts herons and wonderful wildlife. This is the Oltrepò Pavese area, a perfect blend of unique culture and landscapes, with pure air, good wine and a rich gastronomic tradition.
Pavia is the ideal place to start a trip to this destination, where getting lost in the streets of the old town centre or the cloisters and courtyards of the Certosa is a wonderful experience.
From the town, you can easily reach Lomellina, a land best explored on foot or by bicycle, known for its rice paddies and famous for its castles and the many legends about the Renaissance lords that lived here. The flora and fauna of this small stretch of land are also wonderful, with beautiful natural reserves and “garzaie”, the places where herons come to nest.
The castles continue in the Oltrepò Pavese, a land of wonderful hamlets and villages that appear suddenly between the cultivated fields. In addition to the great food, here you can also enjoy many excellent PDO wines.
Admire the famous Covered Bridge, rebuilt on the design of the original 14th-century bridge
Stroll under the medieval towers, symbolizing the power of the noble families of Pavia
Visit Vigevano, with its Renaissance Piazza Ducale and the Museum of Footwear
Contemplate the Basilica of San Michele Maggiore in Pavia, a masterpiece of the Lombard Romanesque period
Explore Lomellina, a land of rice paddies, castles, natural reserves, ancient villages and farmhouses
Let yourself be moved by the Certosa of Pavia, a jewel of art that should not be missed
Walk to the Hermitage of Sant'Alberto di Butrio, hidden in a breathtaking setting among the Pavia hills
Discover Fortunago, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, where you can breathe an ancient atmosphere, thanks to a skilful architectural restoration of the town
Take a stroll in nature at Mount Penice
Visit the Castello Dal Verme, which offers a wonderful view, and the octagonal cemetery of Zavattarello