Almo Collegio Borromeo
Piazza del Collegio Borromeo, 9
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The Almo Collegio Borromeo is a private College affiliated with the University of Pavia. It was founded in 1561 by the archbishop holy Carlo Borromeo, with the aim to create an institution of excellence accommodating the most promising students of the University of Pavia. The Collegio Borromeo is recognized as a “highly qualified Cultural Institute” by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research and is the oldest College operating in Italy. The building that houses the college was designed by Pellegrino Tibaldi, is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and overlooks the Ticino river.
About the city
Pavia (originally Ticinum) enjoys the advantages and services of its near neighbour Milan but offers a more calm, captivating and cooperative environment with a high quality of life.
Every spot in Pavia has its story. The city was the capital of the Lombard Kingdom from 572 to 774 and its fascination remains intact with the centre’s maze of narrow streets, ancient churches and elegant buildings all bordered by the River Ticino. Memory and tradition enrich without impeding. Big thinkers and innovative ideas roam here between the loggia and the Cortile delle Magnolie within the University founded in 1361 by Emperor Carlo IV. Among the oldest in Italy, science, history, and the avant-garde find space to breathe here, from the University Library to the History Museum and the Botanical Garden, with its gorgeous greenhouse.
Pass through the city to explore the museums inside the Visconti Castle or the Ponte della Libertà, to be admired by night when the arches are illuminated by the artist Marco Lodola. The Gothic tomb from the 14th century, where Sant’Agostino rests, is conserved in San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro. Meanwhile, Barbarossa was coronated king of Italy inside the incredible Basilica of San Michele Maggiore.
By bike, cross the Ponte Coperto that connects the historic city center to Borgo Ticino along the banks of the Ticino River. Pedaling towards the hills that cultivate some of the finest wines in Oltrepò Pavese or a late-gothic, goosebump inducing Certosa.