Map of Bathford for Brief history Pavia reached its zenith in the Dark Ages when it was capital of the Kingdom of the Lombards. After their downfall it remained a centre of power, and the succession of emperors including Charlemagne in 774 and Frederick Barbarossa in 1155 who ruled northern Italy continued to come to the town to receive the Lombardstraditional iron crown. This all came to an end in the fourteenth century when Pavia was handed over to the Visconti and became a satellite of Milan. The Visconti, and later the Sforza, did, however, found the university and provide the town with its prime attraction the nearby Certosa di Pavia. In 1525, the Battle of Pavia, just north of the city, put an end to French domination of the territory (once the Sforza dynasty had died out, the French had taken over) and resulted in the following two hundred years of Spanish rule over Milan and Pavia. Just wandering around town is the nicest way to spend time here: pick any side street and you’re almost bound to stumble on something of interest a lofty medieval tower, a pretty Romanesque or Gothic church, or just a silent, sleepy piazza. Getting lost is difficult as the town is still based around its Roman axes of the decumanus running east west: Corso Cavour, which becomes Corso Mazzini; and the cardo running north south: Strada Nuova. The River Ticino borders the south of the city centre. Piazza della Vittoria and the Duomo The large cobbled rectangle of Piazza della Vittoria, lined with bars, gelaterie and restaurants, stands in the centre of the old town. Map of Bathford 2016.
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