THE TOWN OF LEGNANO, LOMBARDY
Legnano is an Italian town and community with 60,313 inhabitants in the north-westernmost part of Province of Milan, in the Lombardy Region. It is crossed by the river Olona, and it is the 13th town for inhabitants in Lombardy. Legnano is along the river Olona. The ground is mainly composed of pebbles, gravel, sand and clay. It was once covered by a thin layer of humus, unsuitable for the growing of woods, so it was mostly heathland.
The most ancient proofs a settlement in Legnano dates to pre-historic times, to the so-called Remedello culture (21st–19th centuries BC). Later it was a Celtic center, conquered by the Romans in the 1st century BC. In the Middle Ages, Legnano was the location of the battle in which Emperor Frederick I was defeated by the Lombard League (1176). From 1820 to 1915, with the introduction of numerous textile and mechanical companies, the town grew from an agricultural to an industrial center. Most of the textile industries closed in the 1960s: today the services sector is the most thriving one.
Together with Rome, Legnano is the only other city mentioned in the Italian national anthem by Goffredo Mameli. " Legnano" is a famous brand of lightweight racing bicycles, named for the city in which they were produced. Notably, celebrated racers Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi rode Legnano bicycles. The fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is founded and has its administrative offices in Legnano.
What to see in Legnano
- Basilica of San Magno (early 16th century) - The church was designed by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo or one of his followers. The interior, on the Greek cross plan, contains an altar by Bernardino Luini which it is said to have been begun by Bramante or, more likely, by Amadeo or Antonio da Lonate.
- Church of Sant'Ambrogio, known from 1389. It was rebuilt in the 17th century.
- Castle, enlarged by the Torriani in 13th century re-using a former convent. Later it was owned by the Lampugnani family.
- The monument to Alberto da Giussano in the Piazza Monumento (1900).
Getting to the Town of Legnano
The town is served by Legnano railway station.