April 2, 568
DescriptionThe Kingdom of the Lombards in Italy is founded by king of the Lombards Alboin
LocationKingdom of the Lombards
RateVery important (8)
About this time the Lombards decided to migrate into Italy, which had been left almost defenseless after the Byzantine Empire’s armies had overthrown the Ostrogothic kingdom there. In the spring of 568 the Lombards crossed the Julian Alps. Their invasion of northern Italy was almost unopposed, and by late 569 they had conquered all the principal cities north of the Po River except Pavia, which fell in 572.