Province of Pavia

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Province of Pavia
Province
Map highlighting the location of the province of Pavia in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Pavia in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Lombardy
Capital(s) Pavia
Comuni 190
Government
 • President Daniele Bosone, elected 30 May 2011 [1]
Area[2]
 • Total 2,965 km2 (1,145 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2015)[3]
 • Total 548,722
 • Density 190/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 27010-27027, 27029-27030, 27032,
27034-27055, 27057-27059, 27100
Telephone prefix 0381, 0382, 0383, 0384, 0385
Vehicle registration PV
ISTAT 018

The province of Pavia (Italian: Provincia di Pavia) is a province in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy. Its capital is Pavia and the president of the province is Daniele Bosone. The province has a population of 548,722 inhabitants and an area of 2,968.64 square kilometres (1,146.20 sq mi), giving it a population density of 184.84 inhabitants per square kilometre; the town of Pavia has a population of 72,205.[4]

History[edit]

The province of Pavia was initially settled by the Ligures and lived in by Gaulish tribes, but was later conquered by the Romans in 220 BCE.[5] Named "Ticinum" by the Romans, the town was reinforced and became a key part of their defenses in northern Italy; despite this, the town was sacked by Ruler of the Hunnic Empire Attila in 452 CE, and then again by Odoacre in 476 CE. In the sixth century it was the capital of German tribe the Lombards and survived an attempted Frankish invasion. However, following the death of Charlemagne, the Lombard territory became part of Frankish territory.[5]

In the twelfth century it became a commune after Frankish rule ceased, and Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor fortified areas of the commune and he was crowned in Pavia in 1155. It was the scene of a Franco-Imperial battle in 1525, in which, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor defeated Francis I of France. It later became owned by the Spanish, the French, and then the Austrians before becoming a part of Italy. From 1360 and 1365 a Castello was built in Pavia and the University of Pavia was built in 1361. Archbishop of Canterbury Lanfranc was born in Pavia.[5]

Geography[edit]

The Province of Pavia is in the region of Lombardy in northwestern Italy. It is bounded to the north by the provinces of Milan and the Lodi, to the southeast by the Province of Piacenza (Emilia-Romagna), and to the southwest it is bounded by the Province of Alessandria (Piedmont). The province is crossed by the rivers Ticino and Po, which meet four kilometres south of the capital, Pavia. The province contains 190 communes and the River Po is navigable up to its confluence with the Ticino.[5] There are three regions of the province, the Pavese, which is entirely in the Po Valley, the Lomellina, which is also completely in the Po Valley but between the Ticino and the Po, and Oltrepò, to the south of the Po and which includes Monte Lesima (1,724 m (5,656 ft)), a mountain in the Apennine Mountains which is the highest point in the province. The territory of Siccomario, at the confluence of the two great rivers, should properly be included in Lomellina, but for historical reasons it is considered part of Pavese. Another large river flowing through the province is the Olona.[6]

The province is mostly flat with the northwestern part of the province being good agricultural land. The southern part rises to low hills which give way to the Ligurian Appennines. The town of Pavia has a major position in northern Italy's textile industry and is renowned for hatmaking. It also plays its part in the country's engineering and metallurgical industries.[7] This is an important winemaking district and produces sparkling wines. It is the largest area in Italy for the production of Pinot noir.[8]

Municipalities[edit]

The list below shows the most populated municipalities of the province in 2010: [9]

Rank City Population Area
(km2)
Density
(inhabitants/km2)
Altitude
(mslm)
1st Pavia 71,142 62 1147.5 77
2nd Vigevano 63,984 82 780.3 116
3rd Voghera 39,937 63.28 631.1 96
4th Mortara 15,673 52 301.4 108
5th Stradella 11,674 18.77 621.9 101
6th Gambolò 10,312 51 202.2 104
7th Garlasco 9,888 39.03 253.3 93
8th Broni 9,528 20.87 456.5 88
9th Casorate Primo 8,425 9 936.1 103
10th Cassolnovo 7,116 31.96 222.7 120

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Provincia di Pavia – Il Presidente". Provincia di Pavia. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Italian Institute of Statistics (Istat) (2001). "Superficie territoriale (Kmq) - Pavia (dettaglio comunale) - Censimento 2001". Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Popolazione residente al 1° gennaio". Istat. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Provincia di Pavia". Tutt Italia. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Roy Palmer Domenico (2002). The Regions of Italy: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-313-30733-1. 
  6. ^ The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World (13 ed.). Times Books. 2011. p. 76. ISBN 9780007419135. 
  7. ^ Russell King (27 March 2015). The Industrial Geography of Italy. Routledge. pp. 185–. ISBN 978-1-317-52111-2. 
  8. ^ "Pinot Noir". Mondo del vino al bivio, il Consorzio: Noi parliamo con i fatti. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bilancio demografico anno 2010 e popolazione residente al 31 Dicembre". Istat.it. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 

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Coordinates: 45°11′N 9°9′E / 45.183°N 9.150°E / 45.183; 9.150