Tuesday June 21, 2022 at 18:00
Pavia is in the Lombardy Region 35 km south of Milan, along the Via Francigena and on the banks of the Ticino river, just north of the latter's confluence with the Po, the city has its origins in the era of the Gallic tribes; later it became a Roman municipium with the name of Ticinum. In the Middle Ages it was the capital of the Kingdom of the Lombards for two centuries and then, from 774 to 1024, the capital of the Italic Kingdom and from 1361 it is the seat of a university.
Pavia is the capital of the fertile province of Pavia, which is known for a variety of agricultural products, including wine, rice, cereals, and dairy products. It is home to the ancient University of Pavia (founded in 1361), which together with the IUSS (Institute for Advanced Studies of Pavia), Ghislieri College, Borromeo College, Nuovo College, Santa Caterina College, and the Istituto per il Diritto allo Studio (EDiSU), belongs to the Pavia Study System. Pavia is the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Pavia. The city possesses many artistic and cultural treasures, including several important churches and museums, such as the well-known Certosa di Pavia. The Central Hospital of Pavia is one of the most important hospitals in Italy.
Wednesday June 22, 2022 at 18:00
The Kosmos Museum is named for the ancient Greek word meaning “order”, and the theme of the museum itinerary is a voyage undertaken to explore nature. When we travel, we discover new geographical terrain but we also cross into new scientific and mental territory.
The museum was instituted by Maria Theresa of Austria in the second half of the seven hundreds and directed for almost thirty years by Lazzaro Spallanzani.
It boasts one of the oldest zoological collections in the world. Some of the specimens are of great historical and scientific importance.
They include a Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus), a hippoHippopotamus amphibius), a shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrhynchus) and a common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).
Tuesday June 21 and Wednesday June 22, during lunch break
It takes its name from Maria Theresa of Austria and is the original environment of the Library, starting from June 1779. It occupies the upper western floor of Alessandro Volta's courtyard, in the University building, and is a qualifying part of the architect Giuseppe Piermarini's project.
(Photos by Lorenzo De Simone)