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Postcard from Voghera, Italy

by Penny Sadler
Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo, Voghera, Italy @PennySadler 2103

Piazza del Duomo, Voghera, Italy

Surrounded by vineyards, set amidst rolling hills crowned with ancient castles, and steeped in history, Voghera is located in one of most beautiful regions of Italy and definitely worth a visit.

I chose Voghera as my base camp on a recent trip to Italy. The central location in Lombardia (on one of the main train arteries) allowed me to travel out for day trips to Milan, Pavia, Genoa, and many points in between. I enjoyed staying in a smaller town that was not overrun by tourists, and thus had plenty of opportunities to practice speaking Italian.

The Italian Lakes are an easy ninety minute drive from Voghera. You can get there by train, but it’s a bit of an ordeal, and luckily I didn’t need to do that. A car is definitely the transportation mode of choice around the lakes.

Because of its strategic position in northwest Italy, Voghera has been ruled by various countries and kingdoms – the Romans, the French, and Austrians have all occupied and influenced the history and landscape of Voghera. Napolean once made Voghera his base camp and stayed at Palazzo Dattilini on Via Emilia.

Cathedral del Duomo, Voghera, Italy @PennySadler 2013

Piazza del Duomo is the place to begin a visit to Voghera. Like most towns in Italy, it is the center of civic life. Here you can find shops, restaurants, bars, and of course gelaterias. It’s a wonderful place to sit in a small cafe like Barocco for an apertivo or take a gelato at Britz, and immerse yourself in the local culture and language.

I like the wide expansive feeling of this piazza, and the pastel and ochre colors of the old palazzos that make up the perimeter. Most of these buildings are now government offices, such as City Hall and the Mayor’s office.

I think the charm of Voghera can best be observed in the wide variety of architecture, from the tenth century Castello to the seventeenth century Cathedral del Duomo. Even the more modern buildings are colorful, and display window boxes with seasonal flowers and herbs. I think it’s a sign of a town that is proud of its heritage – and that feels like a nice place to me.

Piazza del Duomo, Voghera, Italy @PennySadler 2013

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21 comments

Gregory August 6, 2013 at 5:45 am

Lombardia is so nice, we should not forget that it is the biggest italian’s region for wine production 🙂

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margieinitaly August 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm

A great article, Penny — I have not been to this town but it sounds lovely! wonderful photos! Grazie for sharing them!

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Penny Sadler August 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

Margie, so nice to meet you. Thanks for the comments.

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Lex @ Lex Paradise July 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I hope one day I can be there! 😀 Love it!

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Lex @ Lex Paradise July 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Hopefully one day I can be there 😀 Thanks for sharing!

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Bethaney - Flashpacker Family July 21, 2013 at 5:42 am

Italy has got to be my favourite country in Europe!

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Penny July 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

Well just another thing we have in common. 🙂

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Reena - Wanderplex July 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Looks charming. I spent a fair bit of time traveling through Italy and yet I’m always amazed how many gorgeous little towns I haven’t heard of or been to. It seems like you could spend a lifetime in Italy and still not see it all!

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Overnight New York (@HotelreviewsNYC) July 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Sounds like the ultimate base camp — and a splendid place to see!

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Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com July 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Love the churches in Italy! This reminds me somewhat of the Duomo in Florence.

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Sandra Foyt (@SandraFoyt) July 17, 2013 at 12:23 am

Brilliant idea to set up camp in one strategically placed locations!

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Penny July 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

It has always worked for me. Especially as I move so slow!

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discoveringice560 July 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Ah Italy! Great photos, looks so lovely there!

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wanderingeducators July 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm

First -do, second-do, breakfast-do, lunch-do, snack-do, well, you get the picture…

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wanderingeducators July 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Love this! I want to go (and eat gelato, too)…

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Penny July 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

well of course – in fact a gelato stop should be the first thing on the “must do” list. 🙂

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Micki & Charles (@BarefootNomads) July 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Ahhh… this looks lovely. And I’m always up for gelato, too.

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Tales and Travels of the Tin Man July 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

What a lovely post. I have never visited Lombardia…………but now I must.

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Penny July 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Tinman, that is about the best thing I’ve heard all day! Thanks!

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