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“One of Italy and Europes' marvels...worth the trip”
Review of Certosa di Pavia

Certosa di Pavia
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Well not necessarily easy to find like many places in Italy but definitely WORTH THE TRIP:-)
A wonderfull piece of architecture that ranks on par with TajMahal, Alhambra or Versailles.
Beware...like many highlyy interesting Italians the monument closes between 12.00 ans 14.30.....But for who is patient the reward is there.
The main facade is just extraordinary with too much sculpture to wonder in the Italian hot sun. The inside is as exciting as the outside Wirth mervelous paintings and sculptures, un particular thé beautifull tombs. The problem is to get in-....Yes...you have succeeded passing the main gate during the small scheduled opening hours and expect to rush into the choir and cloisters to admire the many masterworks...well you're wrong. As often the case in Italy, things tend to be more complex and you patiently have to wait for a guard that comes in and assesses the quantity of waiting tourists before confirming that "yes indeed the choir and closters shall be open for visit, when? Well later on" before a onk arrives 20 minutes later and guides you in the fascinating choir and the two closters: the first finely decorated cloister with stunning views upon the church tower and main building and the second unusually large cloister with wide individual appartments that, to some extent remind us the Belgian beguinages.

A marvelous piece of art and history not to be missed when in the Milano area.

Thank famille_LENIQUE
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is well worth a visit as only a 30-minute train journey from Pta Venezia station or 20-minutes from Milan Rogoredo station. Quite a walk from the station around the walls but signposted from the road leading out of the station. The church exterior is a riot of marble and stone decoration. There are periodic tours led by one of the Brothers when enough people have gathered which are free but a donation at the end is in order. These are in Italian but do take one as you get to see the transepts of the church and then the beautiful small and great cloisters which you cannot access otherwise. The many no photography signs are universally ignored in the cloisters and no-one seems to object.

3  Thank DougF45
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Despite having lived in Turin for the past 30 years, I had never been to Pavia until recently when I took a group of students.
I have a passion for churches and castles, so have seen countless old buldings, so am very hard to impress.
Well, the Certosa di Pavia certainly did that. It is an incredibly beautiful piece of architecture and art, everywhere you look you can see something amazing, and the atmosphere inside the building is almost magical. In Italian, un lavoro da certosino is an idiomatic way of saying painstaking, because the Certosino monks were renowned for the detail and craftmanship they put into their work. Seeing what they created has made me realise how accurate this saying really is.
As I went on an organised trip I don't know the prices and transportation problems but if you are anywhere in the area, please do your best to see it. I would also recommend a stroll around the centre of Pavia, as there are two interesting churches and the old part of the University which is worth seeing.

2  Thank TurinTraveller
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I travelled to the Certosa from Pavia via a local bus. Got off on the street entering the village; and then I walked and walked and walked!!! That was the part I did not enjoy, especially in a misty rain! If you visit the Certosa, make sure you find out the opening hours (not 9 to 5!) Once I entered the compound, it was impressive. The main thing was really to see the church and its outside. Unfortunately the section to the altar was blocked off. It is a "working" monastery, with friars actually living there (closed off). No gift shop; no restaurant! What you see is an architectural masterpiece and wonder. Next time I would drive there! And Pavia itself as a town is worth visiting -- very charming and interesting! Convenient to come from Milan by train.

1  Thank beebahk
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

It is rather an effort to get to, but it is absolutely worth the effort. It is one of the most beautiful churches I have seen, and the setting in the countryside adds to the atmosphere. Both the exterior and interior are just wonderful. The adjacent monastery is beautiful too. Be careful of winter opening hours which are quite brief.

1  Thank OscarTammy
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