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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
Palestro is located in Italy
Location of Palestro in Italy
Coordinates: 45°18′N 8°32′E / 45.300°N 8.533°E / 45.300; 8.533
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Pavia (PV)
Frazioni Pizzarosto
 • Mayor Maria Grazia Grossi Tinti
 • Total 18 km2 (7 sq mi)
Population (30 April 2010)
 • Total 2,022
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Palestresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 27030
Dialing code 0384
Patron saint San Martino di Tours
Saint day 11 November
Website Official website

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


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: