Pavia is a real gem of architecture. With your private driver and Professional Guide, Pavia is ideal for a day trip (just a 40 minute drive from Milan). In the 1800s, the Italian Oltrepo Pavese region was home to over 225 native grape varieties. Today, only about 12 of those varieties are still being produced, including Croatina and Pinot Nero, which are considered the most important varieties grown in this region. During this tour you will enjoy the history and culture of Pavia and taste the delicatessen and wine produced in the area.
In the morning, your driver-guide picks you up from your hotel and drives you to Pavia, a city famed for its 100 towers. The city retains the charms of its ancient past thanks to its historic monuments, including the University which was founded in 1361. Pavia includes a large number of well-preserved medieval and early Renaissance buildings, churches and ancient squares. Visit the Ponte Coperto, also known as the Ponte Vecchio. See, too, the Church of San Michele, the Duomo, and the Castello Visconteo, which includes works dating from medieval times to the 20th century.After the visit, your driver escorts you to the Oltrepo Pavese region for your wine tour. This region is known locally as the 'Tuscany of the North' for its beautiful rolling hills and its medieval hamlets. Your tour includes a visit to a winery followed by a wine tasting served with salame di Varzi, an authentic regional product made only in this area. You'll have time for a relaxing stroll and exploration of the traditional food and wine of the area having lunch in a local trattoria. After lunch, you'll continue to Certosa di Pavia, considered one of the most unique buildings in Lombardy. Located north of Pavia, this historic complex was founded at the end of the 15th century and encompasses a monastery, sanctuary, and beautiful gardens. After the visit your driver will escort you back to your accommodation in Milan.