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About the Oltrepò Pavese

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An undiscovered Tuscany Oltrepò Pavese

About 65 km south of Milan and only 30 of Pavia at the foothills of the Apennines the Oltrepò Pavese stretches out her vineyards, woods and meadows. A landscape reminiscent of Tuscany, with smooth hills, medieval castles, ancient villages and panoramic views.

Though being the largest wine producing region of Lombardy and one of the largest of the whole of Italy, the name Oltrepò Pavese hardly rings a bell with anyone. It is still undiscovered territory , tranquil and traditional, as if time has forgotten to touch this area.

The Oltrepò Pavese may easily (and should) be visited on a daytrip from Milan, for example on a Sunday, when restaurants in the big city are closed, whereas in the countryside the traditional Sunday lunch , il pranzo della domenica , is served. An experience not to be missed! If you manage to find the place, the lunch at Azienda Agrituristica Bagarellum is the top of the bill.

The best way to discover the area is to tour around and visit some of the sights, such as:

the monastery of San Alberto di Butrio
the medieval city of Varzi
Zavatarello and it's castle
the Penice pass (1100m)
the botanical garden in the beautiful Romagnese area
the Monte Alpe nature reserve

You' ll be surprised by how quiet it is and by the spectacular panoramic views along the way. Have a look at this Get away from Milan brochure for further info.

As in Milan many of the restaurants are closed on Sunday, a daytrip to the Oltrepo might be a splendid occasion to try the traditional Sunday lunch , il pranzo di domenica , when whole families come together to enjoy a full meal with all the servings. It takes hours.

Don't forget to visit a cantina to taste some of the wines that are typical of the region: Bonarda, Barbera, Buttafuoco, Sangue di Giuda, Pinot Nero, Riesling and the Spumante 's. Some of the possibilities (there are over 100 wine producers in the area) are: Travaglino , La Versa , or on a small scale: San Michele ai Pianoni (pdf-brochure).

You'll definitely want to come back another time and stay in this secret paradise, e.g. at Bed & Breakfast I Due Padroni .

How to get there (60 km, 1 hr)
There are several ways to reach the region from Milan.
The main access is by the state road no. 461 of the Penice Pass , winding up the valley from Voghera. The nearest motorway accesses are Casei Gerola (36 km away) or Casteggio (40 km away) on the A7 Milan-Genoa motorway and Voghera (32 km away) on the A21 Turin- Brescia motorway.
You may also take the road to Pavia, and then the ring road ( Tangenziale ) east, direction Oltrepò, Stradella and Broni . In this case you will pass the 1 km century old Ponte della Becca at the confluence of the Po and the Ticino.
Yet another way is to take the motorway to Piacenza and then the A21 direction Turin, to exit at Broni-Stradella .

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