Legnano

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Not to be confused with Legnago or Legnaro. For The infantry division, see 58 Infantry Division Legnano.
Legnano
Comune
Comune di Legnano
Basilica church of San Magno.
Basilica church of San Magno.
Coat of arms of Legnano
Coat of arms
Legnano within the Province of Milan
Legnano within the Province of Milan
Legnano is located in Italy
Legnano
Legnano
Location of Legnano in Italy
Coordinates: 45°36′N 08°55′E / 45.600°N 8.917°E / 45.600; 8.917
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Milan (MI)
Government
 • Mayor Alberto Centinaio (PD)
Area
 • Total 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 199 m (653 ft)
Population (30 july 2014)
 • Total 60,313
 • Density 3,500/km2 (9,200/sq mi)
Demonym Legnanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 20025
Dialing code 0331
Patron saint St. Magnus
Saint day November 5
Website Official website

Legnano is an Italian town and comune with 60,313 inhabitants in the north-westernmost part of Province of Milan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from downtown Milan. It is crossed by the river Olona, and it is the 13th town for inhabitants in Lombardy.

Thanks to the historic Battle of Legnano, Legnano is the only town, in addition to Rome, named in the Italian national anthem. Every year Legnanesi remember this battle with the Palio di Legnano (it).

Territory[edit]

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.

History[edit]

Castle of Legnano. On the left, Olona river

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.

Main sights[edit]

  • 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).

Transport[edit]

The town is served by Legnano railway station.

Famous people[edit]

Sports[edit]

Club Sport Founded League
A.C. Legnano Football 1913 Serie C1/A
Legnano Basket Knights Basketball 1966 Serie B2
Frogs Legnano American Football 1977 Serie A
Atletica Legnano Track & Field ? FIDAL
Baseball Softball Club Legnano Baseball and Softball 1950 Serie A1 (softball); Serie C1 (baseball)

Culture[edit]

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[1] and has its administrative offices in Legnano.[2]

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dolce & Gabbana" (in Italian). Dizionario di Economia e Finanza - Enciclopedia italiana. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dolce&Gabbana - Offices". Dolcegabbana.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 

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