Discovering Pavia, From Noble Palaces to "Paradise" Cake

Tue, 08/09/2022 - 09:47
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As you walk from Pavia’s train station towards its historical center, you'll spot a 26-foot-tall woman holding a shield in one hand and a spear in the other, presiding over a traffic circle. 

This marble and bronze relic of fascist art, created by Francesco Messina in 1938, is the Roman and Greek goddess Minerva. She represents wisdom (for the city’s academic history, since the University of Pavia, established in 1361, is among the oldest in the world), and war (for Ticin

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