Sunday, 22 April 2012

... notte "PAVESE"

Pavia, the ancient roman “castrum Ticinum”, is a town located 35 km south of Milan on the lower Ticino river near its confluence with Po. Under the domination of the Visconti family Pavia became an intellectual and artistic centre, being the seat from 1361 of the University of Pavia founded around the nucleus of the old school of law, which attracted students from all over Europe.

Albert Einstein in Pavia
Looking for new working opportunities, Albert Einstein’s father moved in 1894 to Italy opening at first a small electrical manufacturing workshop close to Milan and then, a few months later, in the near town of Pavia. 
In the meantime that the family was in Pavia, Albert remained in Munich to finish his studies at the Luitpold Gymnasium. His father intended for him to pursue electrical engineering, but Einstein clashed with authorities and resented the school's regimen and teaching method. 
He later wrote that the spirit of learning and creative thought were lost in strict "rote learning". 
At the end of December 1895, just a little more than sixteen, he travelled to Italy to join his family in Pavia, convincing the school to let him go by using a doctor's note. 
To his stay in Pavia is dedicated the engraved plate here below, today affixed midway of the Ponte Coperto (the Covered Bridge) on Ticino river just a few hundred meters from the city center. 
"An die schöne Brücke in Pavia habe ich oft gedacht"
(I’ve often thought to the beautiful bridge of Pavia, Albert Einstein-1947, from a letter to his friend Ernestina Marangoni).


  1. Olá amigo Corrado:
    rapaz, que ponte bonita nesta cidade! O pavimento é perfeito! Eu e Eliane estamos preparando nossa próxima viagem de bicicleta. Vamos pedalar na região do Vale Europeu no Estado de Santa Catarina, sul do Brasil. Iniciaremos em 25/8 e terminaremos em 08/09. Abraços

  2. Olá Paulo,
    ja fui naquela região muitos anos atras, ... talvez no 1984?
    Achei as cidades de estilo muito europeio, principalmente alemão e geralmente muito bonitas. Lembro que naquela epoca em Blumenau as casas ainda estavam com marcas da enchente do 1979.
    Gostaria eu também um dia voltar por là e talvez, se não tiver muitas subidas, poderia até voltar com Claudia e alugar una bici, que vocé acha?
    Parabens pela sua viagem com Eliane.