The University of Pavia: since 1361
Welcome to Pavia
Conveniently situated 35 kilometres south of Milan, to which it is connected via a modern suburban rail, Pavia benefits from closeness to the large urban city, while offering a more relaxed atmosphere and higher quality of life.
Founded by the Romans along the Ticino river as Ticinum, it was the capital city of the Longobard kings for two centuries, famed for its 100 towers. With a population of 70,000 inhabitants and 24,000 students, today its charms remains intact thanks to its narrow medieval streets, ancient churches and elegant Renaissance buildings.
Besides its prestigious University, the town boasts 19 museums and art galleries, 20 Colleges and the Conservatory of Music. Countless events, festivals, exhibitions and concerts together create the ideal place to live and study.
To the north of the city, the extraordinary Carthusian monastery, the Certosa di Pavia, is worth a visit.