|Città di Brugherio|
St. Lucius church.
|Province||Monza and Brianza (MB)|
|Frazioni||Baraggia, Dorderio, Moncucco, San Damiano (Brugherio)|
|• Mayor||Marco Antonio Troiano|
|• Total||10.3 km2 (4.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||123 m (404 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||3,300/km2 (8,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
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.
Brugherio received the title of city with a presidential decree on January 27, 1967.
- Villa Fiorita is the building where the Brugherio Comune's headquarters are housed.
- 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.
- Villa Somaglia-Balconi is a residential complex located in Brugherio, consisting of a main house and some accompanying buildings, which are separated from the original structure of the villa by Via Marsala, which leads from Moncucco to Carugate.
- Saint Bartholomew is the cathedral and the oldest parish in town. It houses the relics of the three Magi. It is characterised by its relatively high bell tower meauring 36.8 metres (121 ft).
- 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 and literary sources, in the fourth century, where the church and its farm are now located, there was a villa 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.
- Cascina Sant'Ambrogio, a farm annexed to the church.
- Saint Mary Immaculate is a church annexed to Cascina Increa and next to the entrance of Villa Tizzoni Ottolini. It is dedicated to Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint Teresa of Ávila.
- Saint Anne is a church in San Damiano, hamlet of Brugherio, dedicated to Saint Anne by Antonio Parravicini and his wife Isabella Blasi.
- Saint Margaret is a 16th-century chapel dedicated to Saint Margaret of Antioch. It is located in Baraggia and adjacent to Villa Brivio, to which it belonged.
- Cascina Increa is a farmhouse located on the southeastern border of Brugherio. It enjoys the protection of the Soprintendenze per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici i.e., the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT) of its respective province because of its surviving Renaissance architecture. It is located next to Increa Park.
- Cimitero Storico is the historic cemetery of Brugherio.
- Plague crosses were erected after the plague that struck Monza and the near territory in 1576, in four altars used to celebrate religious services.
- 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.
- Baraggia is a hamlet of Brugherio that was the separated municipality of Cassina Baraggia until 1866.
- San Damiano is located between the Milan-Bergamo highway and the eastern road ring of Monza.
- Moncucco is located south of Brugherio and it was an autonomous Italian municipality until March 30, 1871.
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.
Brugherio is twinned with:
- Population data from Istat
- Manuela, Mancini. Brugherio: presente e passato. Milano: Swan.
- "Le frazioni di Brugherio" (in Italian). Comune di Brugherio. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
- A Province to Be Explored: Monza, Section on Brugherio, Retrieved 12 August 2015
- "Comune di Brugherio. In giro per la città. Chiese" (PDF).
- Movimento Terza Età. Brugherio. La nostra gente (in Italian). Brugherio.
- "Villa" as roman word means a land where people rest away from the city.
- Filippo de Pisis School, icdepisis.gov.it, Retrieved 9 August 2015
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