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Comune di Castellanza
Castellanza LIUC.jpg
Coat of arms of Castellanza
Coat of arms
Map of comune of Castellanza (province of Varese, region Lombardy, Italy).svg
Castellanza is located in Italy
Location of Castellanza in Italy
Coordinates: 45°37′N 08°54′E / 45.617°N 8.900°E / 45.617; 8.900Coordinates: 45°37′N 08°54′E / 45.617°N 8.900°E / 45.617; 8.900
ProvinceVarese (VA)
FrazioniCastegnate, Buon Gesù
 • MayorFabrizio Farisoglio (since 29 May 2006)
 • Total6 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2004)
 • Total14,659
 • Density2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code21053
Dialing code0331
Patron saintSan Giulio
Saint day31 January
WebsiteOfficial website

Castellanza is a town and comune located in the province of Varese, along the boundary of the province of Milan, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy.


The toponym refers to the castellanze (plural form, singular castellanza), defensive territorial unities who rose around castels and other strongpoints in the then county of Seprio. The Olona river divides Castellanza in the two main boroughs of Castellanza proper and Castegnate. The town is renowned for its recently established private University Carlo Cattaneo (also known as LIUC). The main church of the city is the Church of San Giulio, Castellanza which is located in Paolo VI Square.

The town has a population of approximately 15,000 inhabitants and since the late nineteenth century has been one of the main industrial centres in the province of Varese. With the beautiful backdrop of the Alps and the famous Italian lakes Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como, the province of Varese is also home to 23,000 manufacturing and craft industries that export over 30% of their production worldwide and generate employment to approximately 175,000 people.

Castellanza received the honorary title of city with a presidential decree on January 4, 1974.