Pavia

Imagine a feast in a magic land, a warm summer evening dancing and singing your joy alongside the man of your life and the people you love the most.

Now open your eyes. No, it was not a dream. It’s your Italian wedding,
in the charming countryside of Pavia.

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Imagine golden fields of barley, romantic farmhouses immersed in the nature, medieval castles under a starry sky. Imagine a feast in a magic land, a warm summer evening dancing and singing your joy alongside the man of your life and the people you love the most.

Now open your eyes. No, it was not a dream. It’s your Italian wedding, in the charming countryside of Pavia.

As you can imagine, the province of Pavia is a pleasant and welcoming territory. The perfect setting for your long awaited Italian wedding.
A unique and exclusive wedding destination will surprise you and your guests with its wild nature and the warmth of its people.
You can celebrate the Big Day in one of its ancient churches and have an unforgettable party in one of its many rustic, yet elegant villas.

PAVIA, A HISTORICAL GEM IN THE LOMBARDY COUNTRYSIDE

Pavia and its amazing countryside are definitely worth a visit. Enjoy a couple of extra days or even more in this beautiful land. You won’t be disappointed.

There are countless interesting and beautiful things to see and enjoy. The hills and wines of Oltrepò, the rice fields of the Lomellina area, the majestic castles scattered all over its territory. And finally Pavia, a medieval gem not to be missed at all.

Located just a few kilometers away south of Milan, Pavia, is a small city but rich in historical monuments and museums.The most important attraction of Pavia is the Certosa. The Certosa of Pavia is a wide monumental complex that dominates the city and was built at the end of the twelfth century.

Here you’ll visit the Palazzo Ducale, its beautiful church and a museum with precious tapestry, armors and sculptures. Get lost in its endless gardens and courtyards and continue your visit toward the Saint Augustine Monastery and the University, historical enclave open to the public.

But Pavia is not the only place to visit over here. The surrounding countryside will offer you and your guests plenty of things to do and locations to explore.

Have a walk along the Francigena Road, a centennial pedestrian path that runs through this magic land. Dive yourself into the wildness of this unique territory, either by foot or by bike. Visit the rice fields and the reserve of Monte Alpe. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Ticino park or an exciting evening in the star observatory of Ca’ del Monte di Cecima.

ART, HISTORY, FINE FOOD AND UNIQUE WINES…THIS IS PAVIA

Indulge in the local food and wines and experience an exclusive food tasting with the unique specialties of this territory in one of the farmhouses located all over the surrounding countryside.

Did you know that Pavia is considered the Italian rice capital, thanks to its 80,000 hectares of rice cultivation? No wonders that risotto is a real delicacy over here, often cooked with local fresh vegetables typical of this territory such as asparagus and wild mushrooms, or with pork sausages, another culinary pride of this territory.

Let’s not forget that Pavia is also home to one of the finest Italian wines, the Oltrepò Pavese, which has 36 vine varieties: Barbera, Pinot, Moscato, you name it. A great idea to entertain your invitees and make them experience their own Italian adventure would be that of organizing a tailor made wine tasting during the reception of your wedding.

A rustic yet elegant villa immersed in this golden countryside, a group of violins playing nice music next to a glowing swimming pool, a glass of local Pinot Grigio or a deep red Barbera to get into the wedding mood, a tasty canapé with local cold cuts and refined cheeses. You and your husband looking at each other, lightly touching your hands and dancing all night away in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

HOW TO GET HERE

Pavia is well served and can be reached by plane from all over the world. There are direct flights arriving in the three main airports of Milan: Malpensa, Linate and Bergamo-Orio al Serio.

  • Distance by car from Milan LINATE to Pavia is about 50 minutes.
  • Distance by car from Milan MALPENSA to Pavia is about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Distance by car from Bergamo-ORIO AL SERIO to Pavia is about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
BY CAR FROM MILAN: Take the A1 Milan-Genova Highway and exit at Pavia.

BY CAR FROM BERGAMO: Take the A4 Highway direction Milano, exit at A51 orbital road and proceed towards Bologna/Genova. At the proximity of Assago take the A7 Highway towards Genova and exit at Pavia.

BY TRAIN: From Milano Stazione Centrale take the train to Pavia. The ride takes about 30 minutes. Trains from Milan heading to Pavia are scheduled every hour (the last one is at 11:25 PM)

Venues

Pavia's best places

Pavia Villa

Immersed in the tranquility of the green slopes of the ancient Piedmont, now Oltrepo’ Pavese, Pavia Villa, since the second half of the 1800, offers a refined and elegant way to live the dream of a magic wedding in the most beautiful Italian countryside. This charming wedding destination, located right next to the secular Via Francigena and surrounded by ancient trees and vineyards, offers a wonderful view of the Po Valley and the valley of the Riesling. At Pavia Villa you’ll be able to surprise your guests in an environment where the red bricks of its walls and the wood of its doors create a warm and welcoming vibe. Villa Odero is a historic estate, restored with care and passion, that will amaze you and your guests with its centennial details and timeless charm, adorned with works of art that are widely considered an artistic and cultural heritage. A unique mansion, surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Pavia, the ideal place to organize your fairytale wedding. The villa, surrounded by endless vineyards and a breathtaking green scenery, is located right at the heart of a two hectares park and a lush forest, with magnificent views of the italian countryside. This historic mansion has spacious areas that will be expertly prepared on the occasion of your special event. On the ground floor two beautiful salons with vaulted ceilings each overlooking the gardens of the estate. The rustic court and the wooden porches give a touch of romantic elegance to the whole environment, as well as the immense terraces of the Villa. On site the couple will have available one of the two bridal suites where they will get ready for their luckiest day. At Pavia Villa it’s also possible to celebrate a civil ceremony, to fully enjoy the magic of the wedding in this unique and special setting, as well as a religious wedding in the cozy chapel. Moreover, to surprise your guests giving them a true Italian experience, why not reserve a dedicated tour to the near vineyards and cellars of this estate, which produces the most prestigious local wines. A true Italian wedding where you will taste good wine and will learn the meaning of “la dolce vita”, thanks to an exceptional catering service, ready to fulfill your every culinary desire, and an extraordinary and special environment that you will only find within the walls of Pavia Villa. *** QUICK INFORMATION Pavia Villa - Casteggio (Pavia) Capacity: 60-300 guests Services on site: Outdoor space, Catering Service, Parking, Bridal Suite. Accommodation: The ancient chapel of this location has been converted in an enchanting Bridal Suite. There are hotels and holiday farms both in Casteggio and in the near villages. Wedding Ceremony: You can celebrate a symbolic ceremony or civil ceremony in this location. The religious rite can be performed at nearby Churches.

Pavia Tenuta

History and nature make Pavia Tenuta the ideal setting for a picturesque wedding in the Italian countryside. Immersed in the magnificent surroundings of the Po Valley, this beautiful estate will amaze you and your guests. The wonderful façade of this centennial villa and its refined and elegant interiors create, throughout the year, the ideal conditions to choose this splendid mansion to celebrate the most important day of your life. Characteristic setting for a magic outdoor weddings, the courtyard and the three wings of the porch can be set up with numerous tables and chairs (up to 150 pax), but if you prefer a cozier atmosphere you can choose to have your wedding reception indoor in the three spacious and elegant frescoed salons which can accommodate up to 150 people. The elegant terrace of the villa can be used for cocktails and welcome receptions. At the bottom of the park is located a large pool, with magnificent views of the surrounding hills and plains. Here you can choose to set the dessert buffet and to cut the wedding cake along with your guests. To add a romantic touch, this beautiful wedding destination houses a charming Italian garden full of roses, that you and your invitees will be able to explore. The estate also offers throughout the whole day an elegantly furnished Bridal Suite where bride and groom can relax and prepare for the big day. Pavia Tenuta also houses, within the walls of its estate, a centennial chapel dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo, founder of the local Board, ideal for weddings and religious ceremonies. You can also opt for a civil ceremony, in one of the rooms inside the Villa. This amazing location offers personal guided tour through the nearby vineyards and wine cellar. Here you can taste excellent sparkling and red wine, locally produced by the estate owners. The Villa has a well equipped professional kitchen which is used by their trustworthy catering service, which will assure you an impeccable service and a delicious menu. Exquisite dishes of the Italian culinary tradition will amaze your guests, with gourmand excursions into the local products of the Lombardy cuisine. *** QUICK INFORMATION Pavia Tenuta - Casteggio (Pavia) Capacity: up to 150 guests Services on site: Outdoor space, Catering Service, Parking, Bridal Suite. Accommodation: This location has one Bridal Suite. There are hotels and holiday farms both in Casteggio and in the near villages. Wedding Ceremony: You can celebrate your wedding in this location. You can perform a religious rite in the St. Charles Borromeo chapel or a civil or symbolic ceremony in one of the rooms of the estate.

Pavia Wine Resort

Located on the foothills of Oltrepò Pavese, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and flanked by a private forest, a large pool and a beautiful rooftop terrace, Pavia Wine Resort will amaze you and your guests in style. This wonderful wedding destination offers you a large, elegant salon, a terrace, a wine cellar and a beautiful front garden, all communicating with each other. A magic set where to celebrate the most important day of your life with up to 100 friends. All rooms are furnished in a Provençal style, the main square with the historic olive tree is an ideal space for the aperitif or the dessert buffet and features elegant lounges where to chill and relax surrounded by the magnificent Italian countryside. This space is also available to spouses and their guests for an open bar and can also be transformed into an outdoor ballroom where to dance the night away. For the wedding reception the villa of this enchanting resort offers a wide and elegantly furnished salon with barn windows equipped with air conditioning and overlooking to a huge terrace with spectacular views. Pavia Wine Resort has six suites, whose names are dedicated to the local vineyards and each having its own style. They are available for the newlyweds and their guests. To frame this beautiful structure, it was created a pool with sun loungers and personalized beach towels for guests to relax in the resort. For its charm and the beauty of its landscape this wonderful location is perfect to spend such a special day, experiencing the famous “dolce vita” with your significant other and your closest friends. At Pavia Wine Resort you will also have the chance to celebrate your civil wedding directly on site, so to add a romantic touch to the best day of your life. And to further surprise your guests we highly suggest to get the most out of this enchanting place. How? By making them experience a tailor-made guided tour through the vineyards and wine cellars of this beautiful estate. In fact, this resort is primarily a winery that produces excellent wines, including Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot. Exceptional wines to accompany a refined and delicious menu, with typical local food, to live together with your guests an unforgettable experience in the beautiful countryside of Lombardy. *** QUICK INFORMATION Pavia Wine Resort - Casteggio (Pavia) Capacity: 80-100 guests Services on site: Outdoor space, Catering Service, Parking, Bridal Suite, Civil Ceremony Accommodation: This location has six large rooms in-house. There are further hotels and holiday farms both in Casteggio and in the near villages. Wedding Ceremony: You can celebrate a symbolic ceremony or civil ceremony in this location. The religious rite can be performed at nearby Churches.

Pavia Certosa

This wonderful wedding destination is located right in the heart of the magnificent countryside of Pavia. One of the best italian setting where to celebrate the best day of your life, Pavia Certosa was once house to a convent. It was later used as a granary by the monks living nearby and it’s now been transformed into a unique event venue. Pavia Certosa is immersed in the romantic Lombardy countryside and it’s located only a few steps away from the well-known Certosa di Pavia, a wide monumental complex that dominates the city of Pavia and was built at the end of the twelfth century. The charm of this beautiful location will instantly win your heart.Immersed in a bucolic atmosphere, this immense farmhouse made of red bricks, fully represents the Italian countryside you’ve always dreamt about.A lush forest surrounding the location, a beautifully shaped courtyard, the flowery gardens.Walking among the elegant salons of Agriturismo Granai Certosa will be like being the star of a fairy-tale. Picture yourself dressed in a smooth, elegant wedding gown. Centennial trees and the perfume of white roses pervading your senses. The joyful voices of the people you love the most are the best music to listen while entering the charming courtyard of this magic location. Say I do in such an iconic venue, celebrating a civil ceremony in one of the spaces of this beautiful estate.The welcome cocktail has been arranged, the delicious canapés are disposed on solid wooden tables right under the trees, illuminated by hundreds of small bulb lights among the branches.There is a small jazz orchestra accompanying with its vibrant music you and your guests along this enchanting midsummer fairy-tale..The banquet is set in one of the large salons available in the location. The warm tones and the stone walls, the high vaults and the medieval arches.. All these unique elements adorning the giant room create a great visual setting and a deep emotional impact. The menu is impeccable, utterly delicious, and made exclusively with fresh local food. Afterall, this dreamy location is also an active farm, harvesting and producing some of the most exquisite food specialties of this celebrated territory. The kitchen offers a menu with dishes of the Italian tradition that vary according to the season and the availability of products.
Imagine yourself indulging in a tasteful plate of local cold cuts and homemade cheeses or immersing your fork into a hot dish of risotto, so flavoury and inviting. The talented chefs of Pavia Certosa always pay particular attention to the creation of each dish, all prepared according to traditional recipes.And why not organizing a tasteful food tasting with the superb products of the farm: salami, meat, honey, fruit jams, vegetables, you name it. The best way to experience the Lombardy countryside with the people you love the most, taking back home unforgettable (and delicious) memories. There’s no better way to celebrate the most important day of your life than getting lost in the precious land of the Italian countryside.Pavia Certosa and its magic surroundings will amaze you and your significant other.
Fall in love once again in Pavia, one the most romantic cities of Italy.

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QUICK INFORMATION

Pavia Certosa - Cascina Tirogno (Pavia)

Capacity: 60-200 guests

Services on site: Outdoor space, in-house Restaurant, Parking, Civil ceremony.

Accommodation: This location has no rooms available. However, there are picturesque hotels and holiday farms in the nearby villages.

Wedding Ceremony: You can celebrate a symbolic ceremony or civil ceremony in this location. The religious rite can be performed at nearby Churches.

Pavia Castle

Pavia Castle is a breathtaking medieval castle located in the charming surroundings of the Pavia countryside. One of the most beautiful wedding destinations of the Lombardy region, this ancient fortress is the perfect location where to spend an unforgettable day alongside your significant other. It’s so easy feeling pumpered when surrounded by its solid stonewalls, getting lost in the majestic salons which characterize this unique place. You can celebrate an elegant civil wedding in one of the castle’s magnificent rooms, accompanying the rite with the evocative music of a violin. Located in the heart of the Lombardy countryside, Pavia Castle dominates the Po Valley and is one of the most precious gem of this area. Built more than 1200 years ago, Pavia Castle was born as a defence fortress to protect the Longobardy Kingdom. Almost 1000 years later it became a luxurious eighteenth-century residence for Popes and European Emperors.

Inside the castle you can admire ancient frescoes and statues. You can walk through history inside this unique venue, visiting for example the room where Napoleon Bonaparte slept during its stays in Italy. The fame of the castle has become so wide that it’s now often called the “Lombardy Versailles”, thanks to its majestic structure and exclusive decorations. It has also become one of the most refined venues where to celebrate the big day. For sure this beautiful castle has the gift to make any event unique and hard to forget. One of the most fascinating spots of this incredible location is the huge garden surrounding the whole estate.
Hectares of green vegetation where you can organize an elegant welcome cocktail or even the wedding banquet, enjoying the celebrations right in front of the imposing facade of the castle. There is a professional kitchen inside the structure so you can play with the menu, choosing among the countless dishes of the Italian cuisine and indulging in some of the most refined and delicious local specialties.
Spend the most important day of your life in an exclusive environment. Get married in the marvellous setting of Pavia Castle and share this unique, Italian experience with the people you truly love.

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QUICK INFORMATION

Pavia Castle - Chignolo Po (Pavia)Capacity: up to 400 guests 
Services on site: Outdoor space, Professional Kitchen, Parking, Ballroom, Civil ceremony. 
Accommodation: This location has no rooms available. However, there are picturesque hotels and holiday farms in the nearby villages.
Wedding Ceremony: You can celebrate a symbolic ceremony or civil ceremony in this location. The religious rite can be performed at nearby Churches.