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Cantuu  (Lombard)
Comune di Cantù
Piazza garibaldi cantù.jpg
Coat of arms of Cantù
Location of Cantù
Cantù is located in Italy
Location of Cantù in Italy
Cantù is located in Lombardy
Cantù (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45°44′N 09°08′E / 45.733°N 9.133°E / 45.733; 9.133Coordinates: 45°44′N 09°08′E / 45.733°N 9.133°E / 45.733; 9.133
ProvinceComo (CO)
FrazioniVighizzolo, Fecchio, Mirabello, Cascina Amata, Asnago
 • MayorAlice Galbiati
 • Total23 km2 (9 sq mi)
370 m (1,210 ft)
 (31 March 2017)[2]
 • Total39,917
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code031
Patron saintSaint Apollonia
Saint dayFebruary 9
WebsiteOfficial website

Cantù (Italian pronunciation: [kanˈtu]; Brianzöö: Cantuu [kãˈtyː]) is a city and comune in the Province of Como, located at the center of the Brianza zone in Lombardy. It is the second largest city in Brianza.


The name could stem from that of the Canturigi, a population of Insubria of the 6th century BC. A village was founded here by Gauls in the following century, which was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC.

In the Middle Ages Cantù was a source of conflict between the cities of Milan and Como. The Sforza of Milan took control permanently in the 15th century.

Main sights[edit]

Detail from the life of St Christopher (c.1000), from the nave of the Basilica of Galliano.

The main attraction of Cantù is the Basilica di San Vincenzo in the frazione Galliano, which was consecrated in 1007 by the future Archbishop of Milan, Ariberto da Intimiano. The building was sold in 1801 to become a private dwelling, before being bought by the municipality in 1909 and reconsecrated in 1934. The basilica contains the oldest frescoes in Lombardy consisting of series of stories from the Bible and the saints. The frescoes in the apse are especially fine, and those in the nave probably by this master painter's followers.[3] Other sights are the Piazza Garibaldi, named for Giuseppe Garibaldi, and the San Paolo Church, whose bell tower is one of the symbols of the city.


Pallacanestro Cantù, the basketball club of the city, won the European Champions Cup twice in 1982 and 1983.

Twin towns[edit]


Cantù is served by Cantù railway station and Cantù-Cermenate railway station.


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ J. Ainaud, Romanesque Painting (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1963), pp. 6-7