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Certosa di Pavia, Italy
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Reviewed October 6, 2014

Unless you have a car, the least difficult way to get to Certosa di Pavia from Milan is by suburban train #S13 which goes about twice an hour from the Bovisa train station to the town of Pavia. Forget about taking the bus from Famagosta...More

Date of experience: September 2014
17  Thank georgetacik
Reviewed October 5, 2014

From the train station it is a trek, so wear comfortable walking shoes. We were there a few hours and that was plenty for me. The art and architecture were interesting, but there are so many beautiful churches in Italy it is hard for me...More

Date of experience: October 2014
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Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

My favourite church in Lombardy. It's beautiful on the outside and inside, with it's unique architecture and plethora of frescoes dating from the middle ages. Definitely worth the trip from milan.

1  Thank Mook8
Reviewed September 27, 2014

We have never seen anything like this place before. The Benedictine priest welcomed us and took us around the monastery and explained the history and the significance of the unique works of art. The peace and holiness of the priest could be felt even if...More

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank Salvu M
Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went on a Saturday and didn't realize only the hourly train stopped at Certosa di Pavia. So by the time we arrived, they were closing (11:30). We didn't find much direction from the train station, but we could see the church over the tree...More

Date of experience: September 2014
4  Thank The_Schaefers
Reviewed September 17, 2014

I have travelled a lot in Italy but never got the chance to go to the Certosa until this time. What a stunning experience. When we went in September the place was still in full bloom and the effect was gorgeous.But that was just the...More

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank 187MichaelV
Reviewed September 6, 2014

A unique place to visit... this monastery is a hidden gem like what other people call it... you will understand and imagine how life of a priest really begins.. you will learn a lot of things seeing the monastery... i've already visited this twice many...More

Date of experience: October 2013
1  Thank sugar_98
Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a tough review to write - I do not really know where to start. This is one of the best side trips I made - a short distance from Milan. The Certosa di Pavia is absolutelky worth the trip. I was quite lucky...More

Date of experience: June 2014
2  Thank R_TheReader
Reviewed June 28, 2014

In all the years that I have traveled in Italy, I have not heard of this monastery until recently so I decided to make sure to stop by this time around. It is totally amazing to find such an elaborate complex with such rich decorations...More

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank dhlchung
Reviewed June 19, 2014

We went from Milan using the metro and the local trains, the hotel staff explained it to us in detail and we had no problems. There are no tours that we knew of and I wanted to visit this place since I had read about...More

Date of experience: May 2014
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October 14, 2017|
Response from JanC377 | Reviewed this property |
We drove from Monza . It's a bit way out so a car is useful . I'm sorry I don't know about public transport but the local train service in Italy is easy, cheap and efficient . If you check the website it tells you opening... More
Arlene L
August 30, 2016|
Response from Giulicri | Reviewed this property |
Tuesday the museum is closed, open only on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In September the church and tour of the monastery are open: 9.00-11.30 am 2.30- 5.30 pm For information go on internet and check... More
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Certosa di Pavia - how to arrive? (1 Replies)
Looking for suggestions on how to get to the Certosa di Pavia? Train from Milan to Pavia, and then a bus? Bus directly from Milan? Thanks.
October 06, 2012|
Lynn B
Sydney, Australia
staying near Milan (1 Replies)
Reluctant to drive into Milan to stay for the four days we have near there, we thought to stay somewhere like Pavia and catch a train in to Milan. However, can't fine anything that fits our fancy and our budget in Pavia unless someone has some good recommendations. If we don't stay there, is it easy to access somewhere like the Navaglia area without having a heart attack from the traffic and find somewhere to garage the car so we don't have to drive around Milan. We hope to do the usual...More
October 12, 2008|
Response fromGM157|
You should consider Bergamo as a base for Milan, pavia is very nice although quite small so more than a day might be too much. I can't recall any large hotels in pavia, bergamo certainly wins with it's selection of hotels
York, United Kingdom
Cremona or Monza (0 Replies)
I'm travelling to Italy in August and will be visiting the Certosa di Pavia, and Pavia itself... I had then hoped to travel to Monza to see the Duomo, but I believe it is currently covered, so that the Facade cannot be seen.... So, instead, I'm thinking of going to Cremona... Any comments on which is better of the two - Cremona or Monza ? I'm still undecided :-( Much obliged....
June 05, 2018|