IGA 2017 will take place in Pavia, Italy, at the University of Pavia.
Pavia, called Ticinum in antiquity, is situated in south-western Lombardy, 35 km south of Milan on the lower Ticino river near its confluence with the Po, and is the capital of a fertile province essentially devoted to agriculture (wine, rice, cereals, dairy products). Some industries located in the suburbs do not disturb the peaceful atmosphere which comes from the preservation of the city's past and the climate of study and meditation associated with its ancient University.
Pavia has retained many monuments from its glorious Medieval past, when it was regarded as the most important town in northern Italy. Among its splendid churches, the leading architectonic exemplars are its Cathedral, boasting one of the largest domes in Italy; and the Basilica di San Michele, a masterpiece of the Romanesque. Another famous attraction is the covered bridge, a reproduction of a 13th-Century bridge destroyed during the Second World War; it leads to the Borgo Ticino, location of the Church of Santa Maria in Bethlehem. Lying between Pavia and Milan is the Convent of Certosini, a monumental marble complex built in the 14th Century by Gian Galeazzo Visconti. The Certosa of Pavia, along with the church, was completed about a century later, and, to this day, is an oasis of calm and harmony graced by precious artworks. Its carved marble entrance gives visitors their first hint of the grandeur that characterizes this place. Inside, in fact, is the Palazzo Ducale, where noble guests were accommodated. The church's façade, overlooking a spacious courtyard, is also in marble.
How to get to Pavia
Connection with Airports
The closest airports are Milano Linate (LIN) and Milano Malpensa (MXP). Orio al Serio (BGY) is usually included in the Milan area airports (MIL) but its connection with Pavia is less convenient.
From Linate to Pavia:
Air bus to railway station Milano Centrale + train to Pavia
Taxi (about 100€)
From Malpensa to Pavia:
Malpensa Express to railway station Milano Bovisa + train to Pavia. You can buy a single ticket to Pavia at the train station inside Malpensa-T1
Malpensa Shuttle to railway station Milano Centrale + train to Pavia
Taxi (around 100€)
Connection by train
For national connections (including Milano Centrale) see Trenitalia.
Local Public Transport
The main building of the University of Pavia (Corso Strada Nuova, 65 – 27100 Pavia) is located in a pedestrian area and can be reached by taxi or Bus Line 3 from the railway station
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