The Italian Lakes

One of the most beautiful fortified hilltop towns in Lombardy, Montesegale dates from the 11th century and overlooks the almond and chestnut forests of the Ardivestra valley. The beautifully tended town is dominated by a vast and intriguing castle still privately owned by the Jannuzzelli family. During the summer it hosts cultural festivals and you can visit the modern art collection by appointment. Contact the village tourist office for details.

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1. Fortunago

3.05 MILES

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2. Eremo di Sant'Alberto di Butrio

3.76 MILES

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3. Basilica di San Michele

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Pavia's most important church isn't the Duomo, but the beautiful Romanesque San Michele, where medieval Lombard kings came to receive their iron crown and…

4. Duomo

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Dominating the town centre is Pavia's red-brick Duomo, topped by the third largest dome in Italy. Leonardo da Vinci and Donato Bramante contributed to the…

5. Orto Botanico

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7. Università degli Studi di Pavia

19.4 MILES

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8. Castello Visconteo

19.61 MILES

Looming over the old town is the red-brick Castello Visconteo, built in 1360 for Galeazzo II Visconti. Inside the forbidding ramparts is an enormous…