Brugherio

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Brugherio
Comune
Città di Brugherio
St. Lucius church.
St. Lucius church.
Coat of arms of Brugherio
Coat of arms
Brugherio is located in Italy
Brugherio
Brugherio
Location of Brugherio in Italy
Coordinates: 45°33′N 9°18′E / 45.550°N 9.300°E / 45.550; 9.300
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Monza and Brianza (MB)
Frazioni Baraggia, Dorderio, Moncucco, San Damiano (Brugherio)
Government
 • Mayor Marco Antonio Troiano
Area
 • Total 10.3 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Elevation 123 m (404 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 33,484
 • Density 3,300/km2 (8,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Brugheresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 20861
Dialing code 039
Website Official website

Brugherio is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Monza and Brianza in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 14 kilometres (9 miles) northeast of Milan. It was established December 9, 1866 unifying the suppressed municipalities of Baraggia, San Damiano and Moncucco (which nowadays are frazioni of Brugherio), together with the villages of Bindellera, Cesena, Gelosa, San Paolo, Torrazza, Occhiate and Increa.[2][3]

Brugherio borders the following municipalities: Monza, Agrate Brianza, Carugate, Sesto San Giovanni, Cologno Monzese, Cernusco sul Naviglio.

Brugherio received the title of city with a presidential decree on January 27, 1967.

Etymology[edit]

The name Brugherio is said to derive from Il Brugo which is Italian for Common Heather. This plant is common on the clay-type soil in the region and it features on the town's coat-of-arms.[4]

Cityscape[edit]

Architecture[edit]

  • The Palazzo Ghirlanda-Silva (Ghirlanda Silva Mansion) is a patrician building located in the old town. Built in the first half of the nineteenth century, it now houses the public library.
  • Villa Sormani is a baroque building in the village of Moncucco. It was the site of the first Italian public balloon ascent by Paolo Andreani in 1784.
  • Villa Brivio is a 19th-century building in the Baraggia district. Owned by the Municipality of Brugherio, it houses residential accommodation and a psychiatric center.
  • Saint Lucius, also known as the "little temple of Moncucco" (in Italian: tempietto di San Lucio in Moncucco), is a small church dedicated to Saint Lucius near Villa Sormani. It is one of the most important buildings in Brugherio.
  • Saint Ambrose is a small church annexed to the farmhouse that takes its name from it. According to oral[6] and literary sources, in the fourth century, where the church and its farm are now located, there was a villa[7] belonging to the Bishop of Milan, Ambrose. His sister, Marcellina, was consecrated as chaste along with other noble virgins, and Ambrose gave her this land for contemplation and prayer.
  • Saint Anne is a church in San Damiano, hamlet of Brugherio, dedicated to Saint Anne by Antonio Parravicini and his wife Isabella Blasi.

Green areas[edit]

  • Increa Park is a green area in communal ownership in the south-west part of the town. Inside the park there is a large lake and the Increa quarry (cava Increa) which gives its name to it.

Culture[edit]

Festivals[edit]

There are three festivals in Brugherio. The first is the Festa Paesana di S. Damiano which features street performers and feasts. This is organised by local traders and takes place in June. The second festival is the Festa Delle Occhiate which is celebrated on the second or third Sunday in September. This more traditional festival celebrates farming. The last festival falls on the second Sunday of October. It is called the Festa Patronale della Madonna del SS. Rosario e di S. Bartolomeo. It is celebrated by way of a fair, where local food is eaten and religious celebrations for the Madonna of the Holy Rosary and Saint Bartholomew are performed.[4]

Education[edit]

One of the three comprehensive schools in Brugherio is named for local artist Filippo de Pisis.[8]

Twin towns[edit]

Brugherio is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population data from Istat
  2. ^ Manuela, Mancini. Brugherio: presente e passato. Milano: Swan. 
  3. ^ "Le frazioni di Brugherio" (in Italian). Comune di Brugherio. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b A Province to Be Explored: Monza, Section on Brugherio, Retrieved 12 August 2015
  5. ^ "Comune di Brugherio. In giro per la città. Chiese" (PDF). 
  6. ^ Movimento Terza Età. Brugherio. La nostra gente (in Italian). Brugherio. 
  7. ^ "Villa" as roman word means a land where people rest away from the city.
  8. ^ Filippo de Pisis School, icdepisis.gov.it, Retrieved 9 August 2015

External links[edit]

War Memorial in San Damiano