|Comune di Palestro|
Monument to the victims of the Battle of Palestro.
|Province / Metropolitan city||Pavia (PV)|
|• Mayor||Maria Grazia Grossi Tinti|
|• Total||18 km2 (7 sq mi)|
|Population (30 April 2010)|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||San Martino di Tours|
|Saint day||11 November|
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 is twinned with:
- Montebello della Battaglia, Italy, since 1984
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