Southern Lombardy is a northern region of Italy that includes the provinces of Cremona, Lodi, Mantova and Pavia. Geographically, it contains the part of the valley of the River Po, Italy's largest river, immediately north of the river, which to a large extent forms the border between Lombardy and Emilia Romagna.
- 1 Crema - a charming town, with one of the best medieval historic center in the county.
- 2 Cremona - on the Po river, birthplace of the Stradivarius violin
- 3 Lodi
- 4 Mantua
The province of Pavia consists of a flat part in the valley of the rivers Po and Ticino and a hilly part, called the Oltrepò Pavese. The latter part, although hardly known abroad, is in fact the largest wine producing region of Lombardy and has its own typical regional wines like Bonarda, Buttafuoco, Sangue di Giuda. The province offers some important sights of which the abbey of Certosa di Pavia is the most important. The city of Pavia itself is a nice, calm, relaxing historical city, with several interesting sights (tomb of Augustine, Boethius).
- Abbey of Certosa di Pavia.
- Museum of Certosa di Pavia.
- Renaissance square of Vigevano.
- [dead link] Hills and wineries of the Oltrepò. The Oltrepo Pavese is the largest wine producing area of Lombardy, but probably also the least known one of all Italy. The reason for this is that all wine is produced for local use, Milanese clients and for use in the spumantes of other regions (Berlucchi). The area itself however is worth discovering and reminds one of Tuscany: smooth hills, vineyards, magnificent views, castles, medieval cities.
- Villa I Due Padroni, Montecalvo Versiggia.
Pavia is a safe town