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Located in Lombardy, Northern Italy, Pavia is situated in a fertile plain, essentially devoted to agriculture (wine, rice, cereals, and dairy products).

It is 35 km south of Milan on the lower Ticino?s river near its confluence with the Po. The city is connected with Milan by the Naviglio Canal.

Of its many medieval towers, which gave to it the name of "city of the hundred towers", few remain, one of the best collapsed in 1989 and it was also once famous for the manufacture of organs.

The medieval aspect is still strong, with numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches tucked away in narrow streets and cobbled squares.

The ancient university founded in 1361, is one of the oldest institutions of learning in Europe and one of Italy?s most prestigious.

Romanesque towers rise above the university?s neoclassical Piazza, Leonardo da Vinci, where students attend classes.

Pavia is indeed a peaceful university town featuring extensive Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. The city's comfortable size and medieval character are a pleasant contrast to the bustle of Milan, located just 30 minutes away.

Pavia has long been an agricultural center and is now also an industrial and transportation center. Manufactures include textiles, metals, chemicals, machinery, and food products



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