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Milano - Gorgonzola

By Alessandra - Posted on 26 March 2010

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Via Padova, 201 - Milano
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Via Milano, 25 - Gorgonzola
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Along Viale Pdova, in Milan, there are some residences with beautiful gardens. After Milan, there are a few towns, such as Crescenzago, Cologno Monzese and Vimodrone. These towns were inhabitated by a few families of peasants. Now they are made by confusing groups of houses and factories. In Cernusco sul Naviglio, contrarily, there are many rich residences, because the richest families, during their holidays, used to moving to Cernusco. In Gorgonzola, Naviglio river curves, arriving in front of the neoclassical facade of the Mutatio Argentia, an ancient church erected around 1806 and 1820.


Until the 19th century the town was known as Cernusco Asinario, from the tomb of the Roman functionary Caius Asinius (died 45 BC) found in its territory. During the Lombard domination the area was a possession of the bishops of Monza; later it was acquired by the Pieve of Gorgonzola. In the 13th century it became a fief of the Torriani and, after the former's defeat, of the Visconti. It received the honorary title of city with a presidential decree on March 18, 1985.

The etymology of the name is:
it could come from cinisculum or cinisusculum, diminutive of cinisia or rather ash. The ash comes from the nearness of the Naviglio Martesana.

Some people say that Cernusco has Etruscan origins like the nearless city Melzo,
other people claim that it has Roman origins.

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