Province of Pavia
|Province of Pavia|
Map highlighting the location of the province of Pavia in Italy
|• President||Daniele Bosone, elected 30 May 2011 |
|• Total||2,965 km2 (1,145 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2015)|
|• 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|
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.
The city Pavia was initially settled by the Ligures and lived in by Gaulish tribes, but was later conquered by the Romans in 220 BCE. 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 Odoacer 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.
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 founded in 1361. Archbishop of Canterbury Lanfranc was born in Pavia.
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. 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.
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. This is an important winemaking district and produces sparkling wines. It is the largest area in Italy for the production of Pinot noir.
The list below shows the most populated municipalities of the province in 2010: 
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