|Città di Arese|
|Metropolitan city||Milan (MI)|
|• Mayor||Michela Palestra|
|• Total||6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||160 m (520 ft)|
|Population (30 June 2015)|
|• Density||3,000/km2 (7,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Ss. Pietro e Paolo|
Arese received the honorary title of city with a presidential decree of October 25, 1985.
For what concerns the hystorical center, of particular interest is the Church of St. Peter and Paul, located in the city center.
Starting from 2017, Arese has hosted the main seat of Alfa Romeo, partly in the territories of Lainate and Garbagnate Milanese. The factory became known simply as "Arese" as most of the industrial area and its main entrance are in this municipality. Today the factory is almost totally closed and abandoned, since the Alfa Romeo owners (FIAT) have almost completely moved design and production to other factories inside and outside Italy. The few remaining employees (about 500) have often demonstrated against their dismissal. At the moment, most of the factory buildings are abandoned and the local administrations are looking for projects to use the huge area in a proper way, given its location. Arese and the factory are in fact very close to the newest services of Milan town, such as the high speed railway and the new exhibition centre FieraMilano.
One of the few activities which is still located in the Alfa Romeo old factories is the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, which is hosted in a dedicated building of great architectural value. In early 2011, Fiat announced the closure of the museum for renovations after the Ministry for Cultural Activities had declared the building and the collection of national cultural interest, on Arese municipality's request. After four years, the museum officially reopened in June 2015.
In 2016, near the old Alfa Romeo area, the biggest shopping center in Italy opened. It is also considered the biggest European shopping center. It offers over 200 shops and boutiques, including Primark, a huge full-service supermarket and the first Lego store in Italy.
Twin towns — sister cities
Arese is twinned with:
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- Official website (in Italian)
- Alfa Romeo official website (for the museum, enter the History website section)
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