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Certosa di Pavia, Certosa di Pavia

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One of Italy's largest monasteries, the gigantic Certosa di Pavia was built during the 14th and 15th centuries. Admire the church's intricate vaulted ceiling, collection of frescoes, and detailed Lombard-style facade. The Grand Cloister main inner courtyard measures more than 125 m (410 ft) long. Arrange your visit to Certosa di Pavia and discover more family-friendly attractions in Certosa di Pavia using our Certosa di Pavia vacation route planner.
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  • This large Gothic/Renaissance style monastery was constructed between 1396-1495 and is located 8 km north of Pavia. The Carthusian monastery was built as a mausoleum for the Visconti ruling family (12...  more »
  • Either a short train ride or bus ride from the center of Pavia , La Certosa is a beautiful complex containing the tombs of Il Moro and Beatrice d'Este along with other members of the Visconti/Sforza f...  more »
  • It is easy to reach Certosa di Pavia by train. There's a Trenord train from Milan (we took it from Porta Garibaldi, but it has other stops in Milan). Get off at the eponymous stop (it's the second-to-...  more »
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  • We had a wonderful visit, found in the art gallery lovely friendly staff, and the monk who was the PR/tour guide for our visit was knowledgable and hospitable (yes in Italian). After all, its a monastery first. A tourist destination as an afterthought. Had a great lunch a few steps from the front gate.
  • I have been here again for the fifth time (in a few years) to bring a friend and I must say that it is wonderful! Do not miss the little homes of the monks with that stunning & spacious lawn. The only cons is some of the staff there is quite rude. After the tour you can also purchase some tea made by the clergy.
  • There is a free guided tour led by one of the monks of the certosa. He explains everything about the history of the place and shows you different rooms in and out the church. In italian only
  • Undeniably beautiful artworks that are impossible to see and appreciate from behind closed chapel gates. The no photo policy is also disappointing (and unnecessary). Also, the attendant and the monk who led the tour (in Italian) were quite unfriendly and inhospitable.
  • Great artistically. However, it is poorly run. Some of the best art is in the chapels - they are locked. Lights are off, so you can only see well what's in the transept-alter area. Double check the opening times (at the time of posting 9-11:30 and 14:30-17:30), be prepared to be let in late and kicked out early. You may have to ask the attendant to unlock the transept and let you in. The attached museum was closed. Entrance was free, but parking was 2 eur per hour. Use the bathroom on the parking lot. People who work there hate the visitors. Worth the visit if you are an art enthusiast and not easily upset by unfriendliness.