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Comune di Bovisio-Masciago
Seveso River crossing Bovisio Masciago
Seveso River crossing Bovisio Masciago
Coat of arms of Bovisio-Masciago
Coat of arms
Bovisio-Masciago is located in Italy
Location of Bovisio-Masciago in Italy
Coordinates: 45°37′N 9°9′E / 45.617°N 9.150°E / 45.617; 9.150
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Monza and Brianza (MB)
 • Mayor Emanuele Galimberti (Lega Nord)
 • Total 4.9 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Elevation 188 m (617 ft)
Population (20 April 2009[1])
 • Total 16,564
 • Density 3,400/km2 (8,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bovisiani and Masciaghesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 20813
Dialing code 0362
Website Official website

Bovisio-Masciago (Buis e Masciagh in dialect of Brianza), is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Monza and Brianza in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 15 kilometres (9 mi) north of Milan.


The City of Bovisio Masciago is located in the Po Valley, the foothills of the nearby hills of Brianza. It is a few kilometers from Milan (easily accessible thanks to the Northern Railways of Milan), Como, Saronno and Monza. The city is crossed from north to south by the River Seveso. Bovisio is one of the 16 municipalities of the Park and one of three common Groane Oasis LIPU (Italian League for Bird Protection) of Cesano Maderno.


Origin of the actual name[edit]

Bovisio Masciago arose in 1928, when the king of Italy Victor Emmanuel III, after consulting Italian Minister of the Interior Benito Mussolini, fused Bovisio and Masciago Milanese. The village was called "Bovisio", but people of Masciago protested; so, in 1947, the municipality was called Bovisio Masciago.


The name Bovisio should come from the Latin bovis otium and would like to show that in this place the Roman army took the supplies and animals. The confirmation of the Roman origins of Bovisio occurred in 1935 when it was discovered in its territory, a Gallo-Roman tomb containing various household items.


The name of Masciago also has Latin origin and should be derived from Martis ager (Field of Mars) and would indicate that the location, the Roman era, had been a military camp.


Formerly the main economic activity was agricultural, with many of the families engaged in the silkworm. Since the 19th century was gradually developing the craft, especially one linked to the mobile and industrial. One of the most important industries in Bovisio was that of the family Zari, whose activities date back to the first 1867. The company produced wooden floors and furniture and sewing machines. During the first World War, Zari industry turned into a war industry producing wooden casings for aircraft. After the war, the Zari factories resumed normal work in a time and, to the primitive activities, alongside that of the manufacture of pianos. Other important industries were present at Bovisio:

  • The Golden Auction Limited Company
  • The L.I.G.A. (Italian Rubber Processing and Related)
  • The S.A.R.A. (Anonymous Society of Bovisio Weaving)
  • The Cork Marangoni & C. (founded in 1882, was one of the largest cork in Europe)
  • The Furnace Solcia.

Currently none of these industries is more active. The furnace and many of the old warehouses have been demolished. Some sheds still house small artisan firms, but there are plans to redevelop their total demolition of the old town.

Main Sights[edit]

  • The parish church of St. Pancrazio
  • Ancient church of St. Martin Vescovo
  • The parish church of St. Martin
  • Villa Erba Odescalchi-Scotti (now Town Hall)
  • Villa Sonzoni-Mariani-Compostela
  • Villa Zari
  • Villa Agnesi-Mariani-Radix-Ditches
  • Villa Crofs

Notable People[edit]


[1] - Demographic Stats


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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