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Digital Subscriptions > Italia! > Aug 2019 > 48 HOURS IN… Pavia & Oltrepò Pavese

48 HOURS IN… Pavia & Oltrepò Pavese

Valentina Nicastro explores Pavia and Oltrepò Pavese, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets and not far from Milan
Images by Valentina Nicastro

Clockwise from top left: The historical centre of Varzi; Pavia Cathedral; vineyards of the Oltrepò Pavese; la Certosa (monastery) di Pavia; Zavattarello Castle; typical antipasti from Oltrepò Pavese; the Verardo farming estate at San Ponzo; Pavia’s Chiesa di San Michele; the Borgo Ticino neighbourhood of Pavia; the old covered bridge in Pavia

There’s a stretch of land just 40 kilometres south of Milan that is still fairly unknown to tourists and offers the unique opportunity to live a truly authentic Italian experience. This is Oltrepò Pavese (which literally means “on the other side of the Po”, the river that runs through the large plain in the north of Italy). It is a beautiful region where medieval castles and charming hamlets combine with scenic roads and an excellent gastronomic tradition. It is also the largest wine district of Lombardy (much larger than the more famous Franciacorta region), and produces fine wines made from grape varieties such as Bonarda, Barbera, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Moscato.

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About Italia!

This is the month of Ferragosto, the festival on the 15th of August celebrated throughout Italy, (also in San Marino and the canton of Ticino in Switzerland, fact fans…). If you’ve been in Italy in August, you’ll know the kind of festive mood the country is in, and you’ll find it in this issue of Italia! too!