Oltrepò Pavese, a hidden gem in the heart of Lombardy, offers travelers a fascinating mix of breathtaking landscapes, enogastronomic culture, and centuriesold traditions. Located south of the Po River, this area is a land of rolling hills, lush vineyards, and medieval villages. If you are looking for a destination that combines natural beauty, good wine, and warm hospitality, Oltrepò Pavese might be the ideal place for your next Italian vacation.

A Journey through Vineyards and Wineries

Among the vineyard of Oltrepò Pavese
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Even its shape resembles a bunch of grapes, as if it were in its DNA. Oltrepò Pavese is indeed the realm of winemakers and their high-quality wines. The region boasts a long winemaking tradition that dates back to Roman times, and even today the vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see, creating a picturesque landscape that changes color with the seasons. Whether you’re here for a weekend or a longer, slower, and more sustainable vacation, you certainly can’t miss the opportunity to visit some of the local wineries. Here you can taste renowned wines such as Pinot Noir, Barbera, and Spumante Metodo Classico. The guided tours often include vineyard walks, explanations of the winemaking processes, and, of course, tastings that will allow you to savor the best of this land.

Medieval Villages and Unspoiled Nature

Oltrepò Pavese is not only about wine. It is a region dotted with medieval villages that seem straight out of a fairy tale, each with its unique history and particular charm. Strolling through the cobbled streets, among houses with chimneys, ancient walls, and castles, is like taking a journey back in time.

Zavattarello, with its imposing Castle, offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding hills. Varzi, known for its famous salami, is a village that maintains its medieval character intact. Fortunago enchants with its stone houses, flowered balconies, and spectacular views of the Oltrepò hills. A stop at Salice Terme, a renowned spa town, is also a must.

For those who want to immerse themselves in the wonderful nature, there are many trails to explore on foot or by mountain bike. Breathe in and feast your eyes on the beauty of the woods, hills, and valleys of this enchanting area.

Gastronomic Experiences in Oltrepò Pavese

What to eat in Oltrepò Pavese
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If wine is the main attraction, the cuisine of Oltrepò Pavese is no less remarkable. Every meal in the intimate taverns of the villages and the farmhouses surrounded by vineyards becomes a romantic and unmissable experience. You can taste Varzi salami and Voghera pepper, risotto with salami paste and Bonarda, braised beef, and mixed boiled meats accompanied by mustard.

Where to Stay: A Room with a View of Oltrepò Pavese

Eco-friendly and unusual stay in Lombardy

For a stay that combines comfort, sustainability, and spectacular views, we recommend staying in the special Friland tiny house. Your room, mobile and self-sufficient, equipped with all services, is located near the Stefanago Castle, surrounded by nature.

Oltrepò Pavese is a destination that will surprise and fascinate you with its combination of natural beauty, rich traditions, and culinary delights. Pack your bags and set off to discover this corner of paradise, where every moment will be a precious memory.