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Day Trip To Historic Pavia

Visit the historical city of Pavia on a private day trip from Milan, and discover the sights with a local host. After traveling from Milan by express train, you’ll see the sights of Pavia’s historical center, learning the history behind the Certosa di Pavia, Visconti Castle, and more. Before your return to Milan, you’ll have time for lunch at one of the city’s beloved osterie or even a Michelin-starred restaurant; just ask your host for details.
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PaulB wrote a review Sep 2019
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,098 contributions531 helpful votes
The Certosa di Pavia is located about 10 km north of the city of Pavia. It is one of the largest monasteries in Italy and one of the most beautiful. The facade of the church of Certosa di Pavia is a true work of art, entirely made of marble and richly decorated with countless details. Medallions with the heads of historical figures and legendary heroes, scenes from the life of Christ, stories from the Old Testament, saints, prophets etc. Construction began in 1396 and took until 1462. The design was in the hands of Bernardo da Venezia, who also signed for the Duomo of Milan. Another ten years later, the convent belonging to the church was finally finished. Above all, the church breathes gothic, just like the Duomo of Milan. Golden stars shine on the ceiling. You can also enter the inner garden through the heavy doors of the monastery,. The monastery is still inhabited by Cistercian monks. The monks live around the small monastery garden, each in its own house. They themselves may not have any property. Usually the style of the monasteries of the Cistercian monks was simple and sober. This monastery is really an exception to that rule, with its mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The Certosa di Pavia is open every day except Mondays. In the morning you can go there from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. (from November to February to 11 a.m.), in the afternoon from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 5.30 p.m. (from November to March to 4.30 p.m., from May up to and including August until 6 pm). The monastery also has a small museum, which unfortunately is not always open (you have the best chance from Thursday through Sunday in the afternoon). Two hundred models for the relief images on the facade, special altarpieces, paintings, sculptures and portraits an be admired in this museaum. Believe it or not, admission to both the church and the museum is free. Therefore, one should at least give a (small) donation and/or buy something in the museum shop.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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peebee43 wrote a review Sep 2019
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom670 contributions243 helpful votes
It is a bit outside Pavia but well worth the detour. A beautiful monastry with a magnificent frontage. It is vast inside as are the cloisters outside.
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Date of experience: August 2019
h_schamhardt wrote a review Jul 2019
The Netherlands170 contributions50 helpful votes
Seen about this monastery somewhere, and we were not disappointed, it is absolutely beautiful! We were allowed to enter the church and some of the complex without a guide, so could see everything at our own speed (but no explanations). As is the case in many (Italian) churches, they expect the visitors to show the decency of dressing properly (covered shoulders, no short shorts/minidresses, etc.). And as in many religious places, indeed no photos allowed. When exiting a "donation" requested (or required), however again other (religious monuments ask a much bigger entrance fee...) Still an amazing place to visit. However, opening times are limited (2 hours in morning, 2 in afternoon) and very tightly kept (you even get asked to leave the (itself quite nice store) at 1135 or so...). Not sure if this has to do with a (religious) schedule, or is just the rudeness other reviews describe... So an amazing place, but with some key points to remember/realize (and service is not per se one of them...)
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Date of experience: July 2019
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lakegirl48 wrote a review Jul 2019
Uk554 contributions194 helpful votes
I was unable to find much info on the Certosa before we arrived. In order to visit you pay for your car parking, €3 per hour when we visited, and then give a donation at the end of your compulsory tour. The monk who showed our group around was so cheerful and informative that we really enjoyed his company while he showed us around. Such a difference from what we had expected from the negative notices placed around the entrance to the building - mostly beginning 'DO NOT'. The Certosa itself is full of beauty and history and we learned a lot while we were taken around the area. If we are ever near the Certosa again I think we'd certainly return for a visit.
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Date of experience: May 2019
kvavik U wrote a review Apr 2019
Santa Fe, NM266 contributions115 helpful votes
We spent an afternoon at the Certosa and were amazed at the intricate stone work on the facade as well as the interior. The side chapels are too dark to see, but the main areas are well lit. We went on Liberation Day and encountered enormous crowds - better to avoid a holiday visit. We combined the visit with a pleasant walk through Pavia. Getting there by train was easy, although the walk from the Certosa to the train station at Certosa di Pavia, is longer than is normally described in various guides.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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