Pavia is the capital of a fertile italian province known for agricultural products including wine, rice, cereals and dairy products.
I leave at dawn searching for something new, a medieval city to photograph, so different from the baroque Turin.
Pavia is a town outside the normal popular tour but it really worth a visit if one has a chance.
Pavia dates back to pre-Roman times and was a municipality and an important military site under the Roman Empire.
In 476, Odoacer defeated Flavius Orestes after a long siege, to punish the city that had helped the rival Odoacer destroyed it completely.
However, Orestes was able to escape to Piacenza, where Odoacer followed him and killed him.
Photo gallery: Pavia
Why I’m telling you this? Because these facts are commonly considered the end of the Roman Empire.
Under the Goths, Pavia became a fortified citadel, but was nonetheless conquered by the Lombards becoming the capital of their kingdom (568-774).
It remained the capital of the Italian Kingdom and the center of royal coronations until the diminution of imperial power in the twelfth century.
In 1004 Henry II of Holy Roman Emperor suppressed a revolt in the blood of Pavia’s citizens who questioned his recent coronation as King of Italy.
Pavia fought against the domination of Milan, finally succumbed to the Visconti family, who rulers that city in 1359.
Under the Visconti, the city became an intellectual and artistic center, being from 1361 the University of Pavia founded around the nucleus of the old school of law, which attracted students from many countries.
The Battle of Pavia in 1525 marked a turning point in the fortunes of the city, because by that time, there was a split between the supporters of the Pope and those of the Emperor.
In 1815 the city came under Austrian administration until the Second War of Italian Independence in 1859.