Pavia, Italy, is a university city with fine Romanesque and medieval buildings and an interesting historic center. Founded by the Romans, the city reached its greatness more than 1,300 years ago when it became the capital of much of the Italian peninsula.
Pavia is known as the city of 100 towers but only a few remain intact today. It's well worth a visit and is an easy day trip from Milan, as it's 35 km south of Milan in the region of Lombardy. The city sits on the banks of the Ticino River.