What to do and see in Pavia, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

December 7, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Pavia (Italian: [paˈviːa] ( listen); Lombard: Pavia; Latin: Ticinum; Medieval Latin: Papia) is a town and comune of south-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Milan on the lower Ticino river near its confluence with the Po. It has a population of c. 73,000. The city was the capital of the Kingdom of the Lombards from 572 to 774.
Restaurants in Pavia

1. Basilica San Michele Maggiore

San Michele square, 27100 Pavia, Italy +39 0382 26063
Excellent
79%
Good
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4.5 based on 527 reviews

Basilica San Michele Maggiore

Reviewed By stephan j - London, United Kingdom

Whilst the Duomo was a bit of a let down, San Michel mad up for it. It is difficult to describe how beautiful this ancient basilica is. Just marvel at the outside before stepping in and being blown away. Loved it!!!!! To bad there was no guided tour.

2. Basilica San Teodoro

Piazza San Teodoro, 27100 Pavia, Italy +39 0382 538110
Excellent
70%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 131 reviews

Basilica San Teodoro

Reviewed By Hedin - Center

An absolute must-not miss. Frescos and architecture are quite unique. Opening hours are a bit tricky. Crashing into weddings ceremonies on Saturdays is definitely an option -despite politeness may be needed.

3. Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro

Piazza San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro 2, 27100 Pavia, Italy +39 0382 303036
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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4.5 based on 329 reviews

Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro

Reviewed By Family152 - England

It took us a little while to find San Pietro, because we walked right past it! From the Duomo, you carry on straight ahead past the Torre Civica in the direction of the castle (away from the river). You then cross a main road with a grassy, tree covered island in the middle. On the other side you head straight over on the Via Griziotti in the direction of a car park. At this point you may notice an impressive building to the right, flags flying - and it was here we went wrong, continuing to the car park ahead. The church is joined onto the building on the right (the Carabinieri), at right angles to it - it's pretty inconspicuous from the outside apart from a Dante quote next to the door. Inside it's another matter - the first thing you see is the huge altarpiece marking St Augustine's tomb. The crypt below is a very special, spiritual place that also houses the tomb of the philosopher Boethius. To the left there is a room with an elaborately decorated roof housing a shop selling holy pictures etc, that is run on an honesty basis.

4. Universita di Pavia - Sistema Museale di Ateneo

Corso Strada Nuova 65, 27100 Pavia, Italy +39 0382 984709
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

Universita di Pavia - Sistema Museale di Ateneo

Reviewed By marcopolo111 - Cleveland, Oh

Pavia importance as religious, agricultural and industrial hub has been downsized over the years and it has became essentially an university town. The ancient university is located in the center of town and it is still used for some teaching, formal events, awarding of degrees and houses a large number of small museums for science, literature and medicine. It is a very large complex of many courtyards occupying several city blocks. Equally interesting are the beautiful colleges, in particular the Borromeo College, which still houses students in beautiful buildings at a walking distance.

5. Ponte Coperto

Piazzale Ponte Coperto, Pavia, Italy
Excellent
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Good
39%
Satisfactory
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Poor
2%
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4 based on 935 reviews

Ponte Coperto

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Reviewed By Stuart N - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

We were recommended this by work colleagues so paid a visit. The original bridge was bombed by the allies in world war 2 so the new version was built after the war. You can still see some of the old bridge. It's a good looking bridge and is unusual in that it has a roof all the way along.

6. Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine

Piazza del Carmine, 27100 Pavia, Italy +39 0382 27357
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine

Reviewed By Magellano81 - Tortona, Italy

Lovely facade of this beautiful old church nestled in the old town centre.
Quite relaxing atmosphere even around it in this nice square where lots of restaurants surround the square.
All in all it has been a good surprise and in my opinion a beautiful architecture mastepiece.

7. Piazza della Vittoria

Piazza della Costituzione 1, 97019 Pavia, Italy +39 335 285 956
Excellent
34%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 344 reviews

Piazza della Vittoria

Oltre Confine scs onlus, organizza visite guidate a Pavia ed al centro storico cittadino. Da Pasqua a fine Luglio e da Settembre a fine Novembre, le nostre abilitate accompagnano i turisti alla scoperta dei principali luoghi cittadini. Le visite guidate si effettuano il sabato e la domenica pomeriggio, ritrovo ore 14.45 in Piazza della Vittoria, Pavia.

Reviewed By Magellano81 - Tortona, Italy

The most famous square of the city, in the center of the old town. Aesthetically beautiful, entirely pedestrian area. Surrounded by historical buildings and an equally beautiful gallery of arcades, along which there are numerous bars and restaurants.
Here around this square there are many other attractions, including the Cathedral and the palace Broletto. The best of this place is to sit at one of the tables and enjoy a good drink in this beautiful view.

8. Duomo Di Pavia

Piazza Duomo, 27100 Pavia, Italy 3355666
Excellent
44%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 342 reviews

Duomo Di Pavia

Reviewed By usax001 - Goettingen, Germany

had the chance to attend a service there: even better with illumination, songs and organ. Check out the outer surroundings, authentic and much better than an overly rebuilt monument.

9. Teatro Fraschini

Corso Strada Nuova 136, 27100 Pavia, Italy +39 0382 3711
Excellent
68%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Teatro Fraschini

Reviewed By RichardClwyd - clwyd

A disappointing outside hiding a fantastic inside With a great roof and decoration . Attended a two day conference there

10. Castello Visconteo

Viale XI Febbraio 35, Pavia, Italy +39 0382 399770
Excellent
37%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 141 reviews

Castello Visconteo

Reviewed By menachemle - Jerusalem, Israel

Interesting castle which is also a museum by the center of Pavia. Seldom they have good shows aseell. Worth a visit.

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