Palestro

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Palestro
Comune di Palestro
Monument to the victims of the Battle of Palestro.
Monument to the victims of the Battle of Palestro.
Coat of arms of Palestro
Coat of arms
Location of Palestro
Palestro is located in Italy
Palestro
Palestro
Location of Palestro in Italy
Palestro is located in Lombardy
Palestro
Palestro
Palestro (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45°18′N 8°32′E / 45.300°N 8.533°E / 45.300; 8.533
CountryItaly
RegionLombardy
ProvincePavia (PV)
FrazioniPizzarosto
Government
 • MayorMaria Grazia Grossi Tinti
Area
 • Total18.81 km2 (7.26 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total1,924
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Palestresi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
27030
Dialing code0384
Patron saintSan Martino di Tours
Saint day11 November
WebsiteOfficial website

Palestro is a town and comune in the province of Pavia. It is located on the banks of the river Sesia.

History[edit]

Although located in area settled by Celts, Etruscans, Romans and Lombards, Palestro is mentioned for the first time in 999 AD, when it was given to the bishop of Vercelli by emperor Otto III. It was located in the Via Francigena and at the time it was a fortified borough. Later it was ruled by the Visconti of Milan (1335-1452), then by the Borromeo family and, from 1500, by Spain, which was ended by its acquisition by the Duchy of Savoy in 1614.

Palestro was the site of the Battle of Palestro of 30–31 May 1859, in the course of the Second Italian War of Independence

Twin towns[edit]

Palestro is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.