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Pavia’s university is one of Italy’s best and counts alumni like Christopher Columbus. The city, which sits south of Milan, was founded as a military garrison by the Romans since it’s located at the confluence of the Po and Ticino Rivers on a hill protected from floods, and, back in Roman times, enemy attacks. Gian Galeazzo Visconti’s 14th-century canal network crosses the region, running from the centre of Milan at the Naviglio Grande. The Via Francigena, which follows the pilgrimage path of Sigeric, Archbishop of Canterbury, also runs from Pavia south to Brindisi in Italy’s Apulia region.

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