History and tradition in the Po Valley
Lodi is among the richest cities in history in the Po Valley.
Founded in 1158 by Frederick Barbarossa, its origins are even older. As you walk through the streets of the historic centre, make sure to stop by monuments such as the Lodi Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Tempio dell’Incoronata and Palazzo Mozzanica, one of the best examples of Lombard Renaissance architecture. You can stop for a coffee or an aperitif at Piazza della Vittoria, with arcades on all four sides.
Slightly further away from the city, you can visit Lodi Vecchio, the ancient Laus Pompeia, a city founded by the Romans that originated as an earlier village of Celtic origin. From Piazza Santa Maria, you can see the ruins of the ancient cathedral.
If you love nature, we recommend visiting the Paradiso Fish Park to see fish in their natural habitat, thanks to the underwater observatory.
As well as a thousand-year-old history, Lodi also has its own fantastic culinary tradition. The undisputed star is Granone Lodigiano cheese, considered the predecessor of all Grana cheeses, but Lodigiano salami and Raspadura cheese are also worth trying.