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Explore one of Northern Italy’s architectural masterpieces with this guide to Pavia Cathedral, or Duomo di Pavia. The Pavia Cathedral is not just a place of worship but a tribute to Pavia’s historical significance and architectural grandeur. A must-see highlight for anyone visiting this charming Italian city.

History: With its construction beginning in the 15th century, Pavia Cathedral showcases the transition from Lombard-Gothic style to Renaissance. Known for its impressive dome, the cathedral was completed in the late 19th century.

How to Get There: Pavia is well-connected by rail from Milan (about 30 minutes away). Once in Pavia, the cathedral is a short 10-minute walk from the train station.


  1. Architecture: The Cathedral is known for its stunning architecture, featuring a Latin cross plan with a nave and two aisles. Its facade, adorned with statues of saints and bishops, is impressive.
  2. The Dome: Notably one of the largest domes in Italy, the dome is an architectural wonder that dominates the skyline of Pavia.
  3. Interior Art: Inside, you’ll find beautiful frescoes and the large choir in carved wood by Bartolomeo Gadio, along with other significant works of art.

Hours: The Cathedral is open from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM every day.

Tickets: Entry is free.

Tips for Visiting:

  1. Take your time to appreciate the impressive artwork both inside and outside the Cathedral.
  2. A visit late in the afternoon allows for fewer crowds and a beautiful lighting inside the Cathedral.

Nearby Attractions: Pavia has many beautiful attractions to offer. Near the Cathedral, you could visit the University of Pavia, founded in 1361, the Ponte Coperto, a beautiful covered bridge over the Ticino River, and the Visconti Castle, a historical fortress boasting magnificent gardens.

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