Figino (district of Milan)

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Figino
Quartiere of Milan
Country  Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Milan
Comune Milan
Zone 7
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Figino is a district ("quartiere") of Milan, Italy, part of the Zone 7 administrative division. It is located north-west of the centre, within the Parco Agricolo Sud Milano nature reserve. Before being annexed to Milan, in 1869, it was an autonomous comune, named Figino di Milano.

Overview[edit]

The name "Figino" is usually supposed to come from the Latin word figulinum, meaning "potter".[1] Some sources report etylomogies, i.e., from ficus or ficulinus (fig tree) or fageus (beech).[2]

Figino is a peripheral district and has preserved its rural character despite being annexed to Milan. The westernmost part of the district, which borders on Rho, is part of the Parco dei Fontanili, a nature reserve characterized by several water springs ("fontanili").

History[edit]

The rural settlement of Figino is reported at least since the middle ages; it is reported as a comune in a 1257 document.[3] When the Milanese territory was partitioned in pieves, it was included in the pieve of Trenno, where it remained until well into 18th century.[3][4]

Under Napoleonic rule, it was annexed to Settimo Milanese, but regained its autonomy with the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia.[5] At the unification of Italy (1859), the population of Figino was 589; in 1861, at the first census, it was 607. In 1862 it was formally named "Figino di Milano".[5][6]

In 1869 Figino ceased to be an autonomous comune, becomine a frazione of Trenno, which in turn was annexed to Milan in 1923.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See O. Lurati, Toponymie et géologie, "Quaderni di semantica", XXIX (2), December 2008, p. 441.
  2. ^ G. Moreno Vazzoler, Figino, una comunità, un territorio e la sua chiesa, 1999, pp. 18-19.
  3. ^ a b Comune di Figino, sec. XIII - 1757 (in Italian)
  4. ^ Comune di Figino, 1757-1797 (in Italian)
  5. ^ a b Comune di Figino, 1798-1811 (in Italian)
  6. ^ Comune di Figino, 1816-1859 (in Italian)

Coordinates: 45°29′37″N 9°04′32″E / 45.49361°N 9.07556°E / 45.49361; 9.07556