*''' Gelateria Cesare''' Corso Garibaldi,15,+39 0382 25074 - A small gelateria (an ice cream cafe which also sells light snacks and drinks) which is generally considered the best in Pavia. Opening hours are somewhat chaotic, but the selection and quality makes a visit worthwhile. They also do a good selection of alcohol and ice cream based drinks, such as affogato with whiskey and vodka.
'''Loft 10''' Piazza Cavagneria 10, +39 0382 538236 - One of the best places in Pavia for aperitivi, the traditional combination of a Spritz (Aperol, prosecco and soda water) and complimentary light snacks. Loft 10 is fairly modern, which might deter anyone looking for a more traditional cafe, but it is spacious and the staff are friendly, and most importantly are happy to leave you to sit around after a coffee. The walls are decorated with prints of famous musicians and authors, providing a physical link to the bookshop next door which, although not a part of Loft 10, lacks a joining wall.
'''Pizzeria Da Giulio''' Viale Matteotti 39, +39 0382 303936 - One of the biggest pizzerie in Pavia. The menu is very extensive and includes pasta for anyone sick of pizza. It's a fairly cheap and cheerful place, and happy to take bookings for larger groups.[http://http://www.dagiulio.it/ Pizzeria website - Italian only]
'''Pizzeria Amalfitana''' Via Digione 2, +39 0382 539054 - Smaller than Da Giulio and often better quality. Very reasonable prices. [http://http://www.pizzeriaristoranteamalfitana.it/ Pizzeria website - Italian only]
'''Hayashi''' Via M. Bandello 4, +39 0382 4632 33 - If you do get sick of Italian cuisine, Pavia's best sushi restaurant is 10-15 walk from the centre of town and well worth a visit. The eleven euro all you can eat lunch offer is especially reasonable - you simply pick whatever you want from the menu and can re-order as many times as you like (drinks not included). The price increases to 15 euros on a weekend, and 23 on an evening. The waiters can be a little forgetful, but bearing in mind that everything is freshly prepared, it's worth reminding them on occasion. [http://http://ristorantehayashi.it/AYCE Italian only]
The province of Pavia consists of a flat part in the valley of the rivers Po and Ticino and a hilly part, called the Oltrepò Pavese. The latter part, although hardly known abroad, is in fact the largest wine producing region of Lombardy and has its own typical regional wines like Bonarda, Buttafuoco, Sangue di Giuda. The province offers some important sights of which the abbey of Certosa di Pavia is the most important. The city of Pavia itself is a nice, calm, relaxing historical city, with several interesting sights (tomb of Augustine, Boethius).
Trains leave for Pavia from Milano Centrale roughly every 30 minutes. Tickets can be bought in the Trenitalia ticket office, or alternatively it is possible (and often quicker) to buy tickets and check train times using the Trenitalia self-service ticket machines (most of which have an English language option, along with other major languages). Tickets cost between 3.75 and 8 euros depending on whether you take a slower regional train, or the faster Intercity trains.
It is also possible to take the S13 (Suburbano) train from many smaller stations in Milan. Tickets for S13 line trains can only be bought at the ticket machines in the stations, not at counters. The S13 line leaves the Milano Bovisa station at 55 and 25 minutes past the hour. Service begins at 5.25, and trains stop at 23.25. The S.13 stops at Milano Lancetti (.01 and .31), Milano Porta Garibaldi (.04 and .34), Milano Repubblica (.06 and .36), Milano Porta Venezia (.08 and .08), Milano Dateo (.11 and .41)and Milano Rogoredo (.23 and .53). It reaches Pavia at .21 and .51 every hour.
It is important to remember to validate your ticket before travel. Validating machines can be found on most platforms at Milano Centrale and other stations. Leave 5 minutes to find a working machine, especially at Milano Centrale.
Although trains to Pavia tend to be more regular and quicker, it is possible to take a bus from the Milano Famagosta bus station.
Bus timetables to and from Pavia can be found here.Timetable
Abbey of Certosa di Pavia.
Renaissance square of Vigevano.
Hills and wineries of the Oltrepò, . The Oltrepo Pavese is the largest wine producing area of Lombardy, but probably also the least known one of all Italy. The reason for this is that all wine is produced for local use, Milanese clients and for use in the spumantes of other regions (Berlucchi). The are itself however is worth discovering and reminds one of Tuscany: smooth hills, vineyards, mangificent views, castles, medieval cities.