Carate Brianza

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Carate Brianza
Comune di Carate Brianza
Prepository church.
Prepository church.
Coat of arms of Carate Brianza
Coat of arms
Carate Brianza is located in Italy
Carate Brianza
Carate Brianza
Location of Carate Brianza in Italy
Coordinates: 45°41′N 9°14′E / 45.683°N 9.233°E / 45.683; 9.233
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Monza and Brianza (MB)
 • Mayor Francesco Paoletti
 • Total 9.95 km2 (3.84 sq mi)
Elevation 256 m (840 ft)
Population (31 May 2017)
 • Total 17,865
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Caratesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 20841
Dialing code 0362
Patron saint Saint Ambrose
Saint day December 7
Website Official website

Carate Brianza is a town and comune in the province of Monza and Brianza, Lombardy, northern Italy. The city lies at an elevation ranging from 230 to 300 metres (750 to 980 ft) above sea level, on the Lambro river.


The history of Carate Brianza dates back to the Stone Age, as shown by a discovery made of carved rocks that are now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Milan.

The Lombard Queen Theodolinda built in this town a tower, which later was turned into the bell tower for the main church. After the 10th century, a wall was built around the town to protect it from barbarian attacks. The Middle Ages was characterized by the spreading of the Christianity, with the construction of five churches and a hospital.

During the 19th century jurist and philosopher Gian Domenico Romagnosi lived in Carate.

Main sights[edit]

  • Villa Cusani Confalonieri- originally the site of a medieval castle; the present shape was acquired over the 18th and 19th century. It now houses the town library and scenic park, open to the public.
  • Villa La Rovella - Neoclassical villa an oratory in the frazione of Agliate
  • Sant' Ambrogio e Simpliciano - 19th-century parish church in town center, near the 18th-century statue of Sant'Anatalone, which has been restored recently.
  • San Pietro and San Paolo, Agliate - Basilica built in Romanesque style.
  • Oratorio di Santa Maria Maddalena, Carate Brianza - small 15th-century church adjacent to Villa Cusani Confalonieri

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