Central Po Valley

A world to discover just beyond Venice

Between the ricefields of Piedmont and the Delta shared by Veneto and Romagna is a portion of the Po Valley that offers vineyards, castles, quaint villages, farms, and the immense cultural heritage of cities like Pavia and Cremona 

Feature picture by Andrea Iuculano.

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Central Po Valley
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Piacenza

Located right the centre of the Po Valley, Piacenza is the epitome of the northern Italian provincial town - authentic, quiet, unblemished by excessive tourism, yet full of history to savour and soak in. As part of the ancient pan-European Via Francigena pilgrimage route, it is also a major stopping point for visitors who seek a more spiritual perpective to their travels. Picture ©emiliaromagnaturismo

Duration: 3-7 hours
Overnight in Pavia, Cremona, or Piacenza itself

From S$120/person (group of 4 persons)

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Milan

Milan is the major city of industry, business and fashion, but all this only distracts the visitor from the treasure trove of history and culture that is right in plain sight. Only half an hour's train journey away, it's more than easy to visit the city from Pavia, with a guide to show you around for a few hours to reveal the secrets hidden beneath all that glitter, with  or without lunch included.

Duration: 3-7 hours
Overnight in Pavia or else spend a couple of nights in Milan itself.

From S$150/person (group of 4 persons), excluding the journey there and the eventual return by train

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Pavia

Pavia has a history that goes back to long before the ancient Romans arrived. As home to one of the earliest universities in Europe, it remains a major cultural centre which is overshadowed only by the glamour and brashness of nearby Milan, and makes an excellent base to explore the  equally excellent countryside. Picture vivipavia

Duration: 3 hours
Overnight in Pavia

From S$120/person (group of 4 persons)

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Lodi

Lodi started out as a Celtic settlement which the ancient Roman absorbed into its expanding empire. While mostly overshadowed by nearby Milan, which destroyed the city in 1158, it still holds its own with its wealth of Romanesque churches, medieval townscape, and Liberty-style architecture, distinguishing itself from the other towns of the central Po valley. Picture Wikimedia Commons

Duration: 3-7 hours
Overnight in Pavia or Lodi

From S$150/person (group of 4 persons), excluding the journey there and the eventual return by train

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Cremona

Most famous for producing some of the best violins in the world, the crftmanship of which has become a recognised UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2012, Cremona is nevertheless far more than this. First documented as far back as 400BCE, Cremona today is a wealth of medieval architecture, and claims itself as the birthplace of the nougat. Picture ©Andrea Wyner for NYT

Duration: 3-7 hours
Overnight in Cremona or Pavia

From S$130/person (group of 4 persons)

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Certosa di Pavia

A very imposing monastery and an even more imposing church is one of the major highlights when visiting Pavia and its surroundings, a splendid example of Lombard Gothic architecture and home to a collection of artworks representative of the region. Picture Wikimedia Commons

Duration 3 hours
Overnight in Pavia

From S$200 per person (group of 4 persons)

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Oasi Bosco Negri

Once a private property that was later bequeathed to the city of Pavia, this 34 hectares of wooded nature is a marvelous miniature of the ancient ecosystem of the Po Valley, located just minutes from the centre of town. A sanctuary for many species of brids, this reserve is a perfect counterpoint to the urban sights of the city, especially during the warmer months when fireflies provide a spectacular show in the evenings. Picture ©LIPU

Duration: 4-5 hours
Overnight in Asolo or Treviso

From S$180/person (group of 4 persons)

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Via Francigena from Pavia to Piacenza

The Via Francigena was a very important ancient pilgrimage route that runs from Canterbury in England all the way to Rome, which in recent years has become a major corridor of tourism not only for the religious but also for those interested in medieval history, unnusual cultural itineraries, and those who love hiking and cycling off the beaten track, and has become quite a major pan-European phenomenon. Picture ©italia.it

Duration: 5-9 hours depending on mode of transport.
Overnight in Pavia

From S$180/person (4 persons per group)

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Via Francigena from Piacenza to Fidenza

The Via Francigena was a very important ancient pilgrimage route that runs from Canterbury in England all the way to Rome, which in recent years has become a major corridor of tourism not only for the religious but also for those interested in medieval history, unnusual cultural itineraries, and those who love hiking and cycling off the beaten track, and has become quite a major pan-European phenomenon. Picture ©italia.it

Duration: 5-9 hours depending on mode of transport.
Overnight in Pavia, Piacenza or Cremona

From S$180/person (4 persons per group)

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Farm, castle and cheesemaking

A 17th century aristocratic farm residence run by the same family since the 1700s, providing a almost surreal backdrop to the farming activities which take place. Has a beautifuil restaurant serving their own produce, which includes a signatue cheese. PictureBoat ride from Cremona up and down the river Po, with several itiineraries to choose from. Picture ©Lombardiasecrets

Duration: 3 hours
Overnight in Cremona

From S$100/person (group of 4 persons) inlcuding lunch

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Boat rides along the River Po

Boat ride from Cremona up and down the river Po, with several itiineraries to choose from. Picture ©River Cruises srl

Duration: 2-3 hours
Overnight in Cremona

From S$90/person (4 persons per group)

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Wine-tasting in the Oltrepò Pavese

The Oltrepò Pavese is considered by Italians to be the "Tuscany of Northern Italy", but is relatively unknown abroad. Yet beyond the rolling hills, medieval villages, castles and panoramic views, it happens to be one of the largest wine-producing area Italy, and carries its DOC certifiction for some 20 different wines. Combine this with a visit various villages of the area.

Picture ©Wine News

Duration: 3 hours.
Overnight in Pavia

From S$180/person (4 persons per group)

Castles and villages of Piacenza province

Spend a day exploring real castles and medieval villages which will be more fascinating than anything you have ever seen in the movies. This is definitely one area in Italy that foreign tourists hardly ever get to experience, so far away from the famous cities. Picture ©L'Associazione de I Borghi Più Belli D'Italia

Duration: 3-7 hours
Overnight in Piacenza or Cremona

From $270 per person (4 person group)

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Oltrepò Pavese - scenic villages

The Oltrepò Pavese is considered by Italians to be the "Tuscany of Northern Italy", but is relatively unknown abroad. Yet the rolling hills, medieval villages, castles and panoramic views take you back to a lost past that will linger in your mind for a long time. Picture ©Comune di Fortunago

Duration: 3 hours
Overnight in Pavia

From S$180/person (group of 4 persons)

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These are just some of experiences that you can enjoy. 
Get in touch with us to find out even more!
All this is just some of experiences
that you can enjoy. 
Get in touch with us to find out even more!
  1. All prices indicated are approximate only, based on an assumed group of 4 persons, and are provided purely for estimating the budget for your trip.
  2. There will be additional costs involved if separate transport is required other than that already specified in the activity, such as transfers to and from the airport, or from your accommodation to place of activity and back.
  3. For the purpose of budgeting, an assumed fixed average daily amount for accommodation based on 2 persons sharing a room in a generic 4-star hotel shall be used.
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