Cassano d'Adda

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Cassano d'Adda

Cassan su l'Adda  (Lombard)
Città di Cassano d'Adda
Veduta di Cassano d'Adda.jpg
Coat of arms of Cassano d'Adda
Coat of arms
Location of Cassano d'Adda
Cassano d'Adda is located in Italy
Cassano d'Adda
Cassano d'Adda
Location of Cassano d'Adda in Italy
Cassano d'Adda is located in Lombardy
Cassano d'Adda
Cassano d'Adda
Cassano d'Adda (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45°32′N 09°31′E / 45.533°N 9.517°E / 45.533; 9.517Coordinates: 45°32′N 09°31′E / 45.533°N 9.517°E / 45.533; 9.517
Metropolitan cityMilan (MI)
FrazioniGroppello d'Adda, Cascine San Pietro
 • MayorRoberto Maviglia
 • Total18.6 km2 (7.2 sq mi)
133 m (436 ft)
 • Total19,057
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0363
WebsiteOfficial website

Cassano d'Adda (Milanese: Cassan su l'Adda; Bergamasque: Cassà) is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Milan, Lombardy, Italy, located on the right side of the Adda River. It is on the border of the Metropolitan City of Milan and the province of Bergamo. It is served by Cassano d'Adda railway station.


The first documentary record of the existence of Cassano is the Carlomanno charter from 887 AD.

Due to its strategic position at a crossing of the Adda river a number of historic battles took place in Cassano:

Other historical people who stopped in Cassano include Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796 and 1807, and King Victor Emmanuel II and Emperor Napoleon III in 1859, just before the Battle of Solferino.


A watermill on the Naviglio Martesana in the frazione Groppello d'Adda.

Two artificial canals (the Muzza Canal on the south-east border and the Naviglio Martesana on the northern border) connect the Adda River with Lodi and Milano respectively, making Cassano an important agricultural town and then (thanks to hydroelectric power) an industrial one during the 19th century. The Linificio is a monument to this industrial past, with its 'worker village', very similar as a concept to Crespi d'Adda.

Main sights[edit]

The most important landmark in Cassano is the Borromeo Castle, built around 1000 AD and progressively expanded. In the 15th century, Francesco I Sforza asked architect Bartolomeo Gadio (who also worked on the Milan Cathedral, the Sforza Castle and the Soncino castle) to redesign it extensively. Afterwards, it became the possession of Venetians, Spanish, Austrians, and of the Italian noble families d'Adda, Castaldo, Bonelli and Borromeo.

The neoclassic Villa d'Adda Borromeo is the other excellent sight in this town, surrounded by a green park, and designed by Giuseppe Piermarini (the designer of the Teatro alla Scala, of Milan's Palazzo Reale and of Monza's Villa Reale). Also of interest are the medieval 'ricetto' (barracks), villa Brambilla, villa Gabbioneta, villa Cornaggia-Medici, villa Mauri, casa Pasini, casa Rusca, casa Corsini, palazzo Berva, a square church tower of the 14th century (built by Regina della Scala, wife of Barnabò Visconti), and the Immacolata, S. Aquilino, S. Dionigi, S. Antonio and S. Ambrogio churches.


Cassano was the birthplace of

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.