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Città di Treviglio
Basilica of San Martino.
Basilica of San Martino.
Coat of arms of Treviglio
Coat of arms
Treviglio is located in Italy
Location of Treviglio in Italy
Coordinates: 45°31′N 09°36′E / 45.517°N 9.600°E / 45.517; 9.600
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Bergamo (BG)
Frazioni Battaglie, Castel Cerreto, Geromina, Pezzoli
 • Mayor Juri Imeri
 • Total 32.22 km2 (12.44 sq mi)
Elevation 125 m (410 ft)
Population (31 December 2015)
 • Total 29,924
 • Density 930/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Trevigliesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24047
Dialing code 0363
Patron saint Saint Martin
Saint day last day of February
Website Official website

Treviglio (Italian: [treˈviʎʎio], Eastern Lombard: Treì) is a town and comune ( i.e. municipality ) in the province of Bergamo, in Lombardy, northern Italy. It lies 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of the capital city, in the lower territory called "Gera d'Adda" , marked by the Adda and the Serio rivers. With approximately 30,000 inhabitants, the comune is now the second most populous town in the province. It is also called "The tractor town" for the presence of the SAME Deutz-Fahr headquarters or, seldom, "The town of courtyards" for their preponderant presence in the Old Town.

It is subdivided in five main quartiers: Old town, West zone, North zone, the recent built East zone and the PIP (Industrial Zone). On the northern side lie four frazioni ( subdivisions ): Geromina, Castel Cerreto, Battaglie and Pezzoli; once the village of Castel Rozzone also was a frazione ( subdivision ) of Treviglio.

The coat of arms is composed of a crenellated tower, which represents the city with its Ghibelline past; flanked by two golden lions rampant, for of its free and valiant citizenry and topped by an eagle, symbol of the privileges obtained by the Holy Roman Empire. Which is holding a pig aloft, symbol of prosperity achieved.


The area where Treviglio lies was firstly inhabited by Celtic tribes, in particular Insubres; during the conquest of the Cisalpine Gaul (Gallia Cisalpina) by the Romans a castrum was built to guard an important trading crossway and the near villages, afterward a Roman settlement was founded and grew through trade and local good manufacture. After the arrival of the Lombards the territory was included in the Fara Gera d'Adda (Fara which was an administrative division of the Lombard system) and, after the fall of the Kingdom of the Lombards it became part of the Holy Roman Empire. Treviglio was founded in the Early Middle Ages as a fortified town, unifying three preexisting settlements: Cusarola (Celtic), Pisignano (Roman) and Portoli (Lombard). Thus the original town was divided into three districts, called 'portae' (Latin for gates), each referring to one of the original settlement: the "Porta Torre" to the village of Cusarola; the "Porta Zeduro" ( named originally "Zelute") to the village Portoli and the "Porta Filagno" to that of Pisignano. The first official document naming the new town dates back to November 964 DCE. Around the year 1000 Treviglio housed the inhabitants of Oriano, a commune near Brescia, which had been destroyed in the course of the struggle between Arduin of Ivrea and Henry II who were warring for the Imperial crown. During the wars that had taken place in Northern Italy the city of Treviglio thus grew harboring refugees in the new fourth district of "Porta Nova", the original " Porta Oriano". The Rozzoni family, at that time powerful, tried in vain a coup d'état, and was as a consequence temporarily exiled in its property near Treviglio, "Castel Rozzone" that nowadays is a village independent from the city itself. In 1167 Treviglio joined the first Lombard League, whuch had the aim of preserving local jurisdiction and droit de régale, a purpose that was achieved with the victory over emperor Frederick I 'Barbarossa', at the Battle of Legnano. This Statute, a copy of which dated 1392 is currently housed in the city's museum, describes a government held by sixty Consuls- initially twenty each for everyone of the original ethnic communities, thereafter fifteen for each district - these remaining in office for six months. This statute also required that no noble could be allowed to live within the city walls - and therefore to be elected Consul - so as to curtail their possible involvements in the power struggles of the town.

In 1395 Treviglio gained autonomy from the Empire, which it held as a "Separate Land of the Duchy of Milan", excepting several brief Venetian occupations ( 1431-1433; 1448–1453 and 1499–1509 ). These occupations are mentioned in the The Betrothed, a renowned Italian novel by the novelist and scholar Alessandro Manzoni. At the close of the last invasion in 1509, the city was burnt down by the departing Venetian troops. The French king Louis XII who witnessed the event, claimed to vindicate it in the subsequent Battle of Agnadello. On 28 February 1522 General Odet de Foix Viscount of Lautrec, leading the French army through Northern Italy on its way to the South, came to punish the town for the insolence shown by denying supplies to the French troops and resisting them. The chronicles tell of the general refusing the surrender of the city and the appeals of mercy of the parish priest and of the Duke of Milan himself; therefore - so the story goes - the inhabitants took refuge in the churches and, when the French troops entered the town, a fresco of Our Lady in front of which the inhabitants were praying, appeared to weep. Warned of this portentous event, the General did check the building and its walls to verify the veracity of the miracle and, finally persuaded, deposed helmet and sword at the feet of the fresco and left the city. Helmet and sword are still preserved in the Sanctuary, built with donations of the Treviglio's families only, and in which was transferred the miraculous fresco over which were added, crowns forged with the jewels of the virgins of Treviglio. Thisepisode is celebrated every year with a re-enactment, an historical parade and a novena (nine days of prayers). After many long years of war, the French sold Treviglio to the Spaniards, albeit the town was formally still under the aegis of the Holy Roman Empire. During this last domination the town as well as the whole region, knew an initial period of prosperity followed by a gradual decline, aggravated in the 17th century by an epidemic of plague. Under the Spanish period Treviglio was transformed in fief and auctioned off to meet the debts of the Duchy [ of Milan ], but the town people fiercely opposed the measure and, after losing a lawsuit against the Senate of Milan, self-taxed themselves to reclaim the fief and its independence. After the French Revolution in 1796, Treviglio became part of the Transpadane Republic, the following year of the Cisalpine Republic and, in 1805, of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy. It was during these years that many of the religious buildings were looted and a detailed official map of the town was drawn. The local dialect - like almost everywhere in Lombardy - preserves words and sounds, reminiscent of the frequent French occupations After the Congress of Vienna the town was included in the Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia, then temporarily attached to the Kingdom of Sardinia during the first Italian War of Independence and, finally, the town joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.

On 17 December 1915 Benito Mussolini married in civil union Rachele Guidi in Treviglio, after the future Duce had recovered in the local hospital.

With a Presidential Decree of January 8, 1960, Treviglio was declared a City, as promised by King Victor Emanuel II in 1860, due to its historical involvement in the achievement of the Italian Independence.

Main sights[edit]

  • Palazzo Municipale (Town Hall), finished in 1300. It was restored in 1582 and received another floor in 1873. It has an elegant portico.
  • Basilica of San Martino, built in 1008 over the pre-Romanesque church of the Assunta. In 1482 it was remade in Lombard-Gothic style. The current façade, in the Baroque style, is from 1740. The interior has works by Gian Paolo Cavagna, Camillo Procaccini and other, but its most notable feature is the polyptych of Madonna with Saints by Bernardo Zenale and Bernardino Butinone (1485), considered one of the masterworks of 15th century Lombard art. The bell tower (a former civic tower) dates to the early 11th century. The bell tower is open and accessible every weekend.
  • Sanctuary of Madonna delle Lacrime (1619). Named after Our Lady of Tears who saved, with his prodigious tears, the city from destruction by the French troops, led by General Odet de Foix, on 28 February 1522.
  • Silva Palace
  • Galliari Palace
  • Gothic House
  • Semenza House
  • Baccherra House
  • Square's House
  • Bar Milano, sited in piazza Manara (Piazza means square), is the city's historical cafe. Founded in 1896, still it retains the original furniture of the century and a counter in Art Nouveau style.
  • Church of San Carlo (17th century).
  • Relief of the Gatta ("Kitty") in the Piazza Manara, is a trophy of the medieval feud between Treviglio and the near town of Caravaggio, now remembered only by the annual bowling tournament.
  • TNT (Teatro Nuovo Treviglio, New Theater of Treviglio) in Piazza Garibaldi, the modern, high-tech, theater is underground. On surface lies a structure with shops on the ground floor and above a terrace with restaurant and shops.
  • The Filodrammatici (Old Theater).
  • Ariston Multisala Cinema.

The old city is composed primarily by courtyard tenements, some of them open to the public twice a year, and there are streets with garden houses. Many are also the sacred shrines, real places of worship boasting ancient traditions. On festive occasions the bell tower and the town squares are decorated with projections of images and animations.


Agriculture and trade were prominent in the economy of Treviglio from its beginning to today and, until the 20th century, there was a flourishing craft sector producing furniture and silk; then the swift industrial development and the relocation of that production made way to the mechanical ( in particular the SDF, Bianchi bicycles ), electrical and chemical industries which are still active.

The flow of the necessary capital for the establishment of new local enterprises, promoted the growth of the local bank, BCC (Credit Union) and of insurances agencies.

Alas during to the economic crisis many local enterprises were forced to closed or were acquired by larger companies and their production transferred to Eastern Europe or Asia. The local bank undertook an expansion effort that weakened it; now the local government relies on the development of services and tourism and trade.

The town now offers varied attractions to visitors, in particular there are the theatres, the cinemas, while the Old Town boasts artisan food shops, cafes and fashion shops which are very appreciated.

Culture and Education[edit]

Treviglio has a central library, located in an adapted cloister, and four peripheral ones with more than 75,000 items, of which 10,000 are antique books, the library system is integrated in the Sistema Bibliotecario Integrato della Bassa Pianura Bergamasca (in English : Integrated Library System of the Lower Bergamo Plain) that group in its management thirty-one municipalities; from 2010 there is also available a free media library.

The town hosts two historical museum, two picture gallery, one scientific museum and two tiny natural protected areas.

All cultural activities are led by several historical and scientific associations.

There are two local newspapers, Il popolo cattolico ( Catholic people ) and Il Giornale di Treviglio ( Treviglio's Journal ), as well as an old music radio station: Radio Zeta.

There are also three linguistic centers; seven kindergartens; ten elementary schools; four junior high schools and thirteen senior high schools, including lyceums and technical schools, offering 23 different courses of study.


Treviglio has a large public sport center, with multiple pools; a tennis center, several fields for soccer, basketball and volleyball and gyms (both public and private). The town is represented by four football societies, three of basketball, five of volleyball, one of athletics and one of rugby. Each of these associations has achieved remarkable results in the regional context and, with regards to basketball and athletics, also beyond. There are also schools of mountain climbing, cycling, BMX, motorcycle, equitation, diving, water polo, swimming, pilates, martial arts, artistic gymnastics and modern and classic dance.


Treviglio was among the first Italian cities featuring railway stations; an old building at the south end of Treviglio Ovest was the former station, in service between the late 1850s and 1878. Today the town has two railway stations. the Treviglio Central Station ( known as Treviglio Centrale ) is on the Milan–Venice line, the Treviglio-Cremona line and the Treviglio–Bergamo line; on this last lies also the second station - called West Station.

From the 2009, the Central Station is used also as terminus for the lines S5 and S6 of the suburban train service of Milan. The city can be reached by car with State Roads N. 11 ( Milano-Brescia ) and N. 42 ( from Bergamo, to Lodi and Crema ); directly with the highway A35 ( called BreBeMi, initials of the main cities connected through it: Brescia, Bergamo and Milan ) and also the Provincial Roads 128; 129; 136; 141; 142 and State Road 472 which links Treviglio with the city of Lodi.


Twin towns[edit]


  • Emanuele Lodi, Breve storia delle cose memorabili di Trevì, Milan 1647;
  • I. Cantù, Bergamo e il suo territorio, Bergamo 1856;
  • C. Cantù, Grande illustrazione del Lombardo-Veneto, Milan 1859;
  • Carlo Casati, Treviglio di Ghiara d'Adda e suo territorio, Memorie storiche-statistiche, coi tipi della Perseveranza, Milan 1872;
  • Marco Carminati, Il circondario di Treviglio e i suoi comuni, Treviglio 1892;
  • Tullio e Ildebrando Santagiuliana, Storia di Treviglio, poligrafiche bolis of Bergamo, June 1965;
  • M. Mochi Tullio Santagiuliana, Geradadda, Treviglio 1973;
  • L. Cassani, E. Mandelli Tullio Santagiuliana, Il braccio di Treviglio, Calvenzano 1981;
  • Marco Carminati, Il circondario di Treviglio e i suoi comuni. Cenni storici., Messaggi Tipography, Treviglio 1982;
  • Paolo Furia, Il mio Santuario, Calvenzano 1982;
  • Gianni Chiari, Le roggie Trevigliesi, edizioni CRAT, 1982;
  • Tullio Santagiuliana, Briciole di storia di Geradadda antica, Calvenzano 1982;
  • Piero Perego, Ildebrando Santagiuliana, Storia di Treviglio, edizioni Pro Loco - Treviglio, November 1987; edizione rinnovata dell'omonimo libro del 1965 e suddivisa in due volumi;
  • Barbara e Giuseppe Oggionni, Le mura di Treviglio, Calvenzano 1991;
  • Enrico de Pascale, Mariolina Olivari, Dizionario degli artisti di Caravaggio e Treviglio, Fiber Edizioni Bolis, Treviglio-Bergamo 1994;
  • Le Terre del Lago Gerundo, edizioni Cassa Rurale, Treviglio, December 1996;
  • Treviglio: alla riscoperta di un territorio, edizioni Cassa Rurale, Treviglio, February 1997;
  • Istituto Professionale di Stato Zenale Buttinone, Conoscere la Gera d'Adda, edizioni Gera d'Adda, Ranica, 1999;
  • Barbara Oggionni, Le rogge Moschetta e Vignola, Treviglio 2000;
  • Barbara Oggionni, Treviglio, storia, arte, cultura, edizioni Pro Loco, Treviglio 2002;
  • Barbara Oggionni, I borghi fortificati in Gera d'Adda: il triangolo di Treviglio - Caravaggio - Brignano in Territorio e fortificazioni. Confini e difese della Gera d'Adda, Bergamo 2003;
  • La Gera d'Adda in Castra Bergomensia, province of Bergamo, 2004;
  • Angelo Merletti, Marco Carminati e Barbara Oggionni Treviglio è terra e gente edizioni Grafica e arte, 2006.

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