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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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  • the setting is very quiet, convenient parking; also arriving by train is easy and allows a walk along the wall of the monastery on one side and on the other large fields
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  • We stopped near the Certosa the night before and to our hotel we were advised to visit it. We should thank for the tip because it is very nice indeed. We arrived in the morning quite early and shrouded in fog was even more fascinating ... dreamy! And then, by chance we were able to participate in the guided tour that had just begun: congratulations to our guide who in a very picturesque explained and told deeds and misdeeds of the Chartreuse, all for free! In the end only an offer in favor of the Cistercians who manage. Go there, it deserves!
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  • The Certosa di Pavia is a monumental complex which includes a monastery and a shrine. It belongs to the late Gothic style. Despite the ticket is free, a monk deals with a guided tour. The complex is neat and clean. Outside the walls, the complex is nestled in the countryside. Once you arrive at the train station, it was not difficult to identify the complex, though a couple of directions to the entry would not be a bad point.
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  • 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.
  • Gorgeous and pristine monastic complex. A must if you are around Milan
  • 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.
  • Commissioned in the late nineteenth century by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan
  • Nice.. but expected more authenticity