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The Via Francigena
The Via Francigena
The Via Francigena in the province of Pavia through the Lomellina and Pavese starting from Palestro, famous for the 'battle of the same name, fought on 30 and 31 May 1859. Arrive in Robbins where traces of the Neolithic and the discovery of axes dating back to bronze, evidence of human presence in prehistoric times. We pass Nicorvo for a visit to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Campo to arrive at Mortara, initially belonging to the county of Lomello. After a short visit to the city we head to Tromello whose origins lie in the twelfth century and focus on Garlasco, probably of pre-Roman origin and cited since the tenth century; We pass Carbonara al Ticino, after a visit to the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista. After passing through the village of San Martino Siccomario where, according to legend, lived as a child Saint Martin of Tours. Finally we arrived in Pavia. From the Middle Ages Pavia is home to one of the oldest Italian universities. The city was conquered in 572 by the Longobards, who chose the capital of their kingdom by the name of Papias. We continue our way along the village of Linarolo to get to Belgioioso the development of which is tied to the castle Along the way we meet Corteolona, built on the road which passed the Kings and Emperors. Corteolona, perhaps as early villa in Roman times, was directed by a court in which the king resided Lombards and Franks. We move from Santa Cristina whose history is closely linked to that of the ancient Benedictine abbey founded by the Lombard king Liutprand and we reach Chignolo Po, the end of the Via Francigena in the province of Pavia. It is believed that its territory had been established population since the Stone Age.

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