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Pavia Things to Do: 36 reviews and 108 photos
Pavia retains far more of its Medieval buildings and street layout than I had expected to find.
As you wander and explore keep your eyes open not only for the 'stumps' of the many tower houses which once existed (and the few which still stand) but also for little glimpses of ancient buildings poking out from their more modern refurbishment. I've seen this is several places I've visited recently (not just in Italy); I like the idea of recognising a building's history by leaving some of its ancient features exposed.
Always look up, because it is at the upper levels you are most likely to see e.g. Medieval windows. Explore the narrower alleyways...you never know what you will find at the end of them.
I noticed quite a lot of blue plaques on various structures around the town...Pavia is clearly proud of its history. Although in Italian they give dates in Roman numerals, so you can see if a house dates from e.g. the 1400s.
I especially liked the area to the west of the Duomo leading down to San Teodoro and then back towards the Ticino and its covered bridge, but all of central Pavia is worth exploring.