If you are planning to a holiday in Italy with kids and you would like to visit also some beautiful cities not only sea and beaches I suggest you to consider a stop in Pavia. There are many things to do in Pavia and I can assure you that this city is plenty of beauty. In fact Pavia, in the North part of Italy, is an ancient city famous for its old and prestigious University but walking in its streets it’s a pleasure getting lost in its medieval district and look around its beautiful palaces.
Pavia is in the middle of the italian rice fields and this city is “a lady full of charm” where you can discover, hidden among its narrow streets plenty of students, towers and medieval churches, elegant squares and castles.
During your walk in Pavia you can admire its Cathedral and cross the beautiful covered bridge till the other side of the city where there are the ancient fishermen’s houses and one of the best view of Pavia.
Then, after visiting the Church of St. Michael and the University , you can go head to the Castle, where you will find a large and well-equipped playground to entertain your children.
If you will visit Pavia in a sunny day your children will not resist to a cruise down the river. Other things to do in Pavia with kids are a ride on the little train that runs through the town or even more a pic-nic on the river side.
If you travel with little babies you will discover that Pavia is very baby-friendly and launched the initiative “Pa-via lattea” (“Pavia of milk”) for which a number of businesses, including several restaurants, offering services for children and new mothers, such as changing mat, bottle warmer and locations to breastfeed.
Before leaving Pavia don’t miss the wonderful Certosa, a beautiful jewel with the amazing decorations of its façade, less than 10 kilometres from the City. If you have time enought stop to the Serravalle Shopping Center, one of the most famouose and large shopping center in Europe with great discounts!.
In short , Pavia certainly worth a trip but also … a weekend holiday!
Useful advices to visit Pavia
Where is Pavia
Pavia is in the North part of Italy, not far from Milan. You can easily reach Pavia by train from Milan or you can rent a car: it takes less than one hour from Milan to Pavia but pay attention to the traffinc jam during the week!
What to do in Pavia
There are many things to do in Pavia! If you decide to visit Pavia in a day don’t miss the covered bridge, the cathedral and the Castle. If you have more time go to Certosa of Pavia. This is a wonderful church not far from Pavia but in this case it’s better to rent a car!
A good idea in my opinion is to land in Milan and visit Pavia, Como Lake and Padua by train. If you follow the links you can read more information about these italian city located in the North part of Italy with kids.