Quality Hotel San Martino
Via Europa, 4
Garbagnate Monastero, 23846
Phone: (39) 031 851700
Fax: (39) 031 851411
Via Europa, 4, Garbagnate Monastero, IT, 23846
- Phone: (39) 031 851700
- Fax: (39) 031 851411
Located in the small commune of Civate, the Piazza Garibaldi a Lecco is a bustling public square in the town. Surrounded by the beautiful architectural structures in the heart of the city, this square is a popular place among the locals. The square also plays host to community events from time to time.
Along the eastern coast of the lake, after Lecco, is Abbadia Lariana e Mandello on the alluvial plain of the Zerbo River. Abbadia owes its name to a Benedictine Abbey of the Church of San Lorenzo and the convent. Abbadia is now annexed to another neighboring center, Mandello del Lario, which as well as being a holiday resort, is also an important industrial center, especially in the mechanical world, and Moto Guzzi is produced here. The Oratory of San Giorgio is an important landmark which dates from the 14th Century, has one nave and 15th-century frescoes. Legend has it that the church was founded by the work of a crusade on its return from the Holy Land, or by a monk who sought refuge in this place. The San Lorenzo Church is of ancient origin and was renovated in the 17th Century. It's interior frescoes have been preserved, as well as some precious paintings. There are also examples of Art Nouveau in some lovely, local villages, such as Villa Falck, Villa Carcano and Villa Fasoli.
The Brughiera Briantea park consists of a small srea of land (750 hectares) crossed by three streams running between the province of Mian and Como. In one of Northern Italy's most densely built up areas, the park is a beatiful patch of greenery besieged by built-up Brianza. The park mainly consists of heath land, from where the plant name heather comes, in springtime the ground is covered with its cyclamine coloured flowers. Across the woods and green meadows of Cabiate the valley goes up again to Cascina Mordina, which is an interesting example of a Lombardy rural building.
Opened in 1976, the Parco delle Groane is located in the vast forest area that occupies the high, Lombard plain to the north west of Milan. The plain has been saved from erosion by the Lura and Seveso torrents and is higher than the surrounding land. It is still heathland, in Milanese dialect 'groana', and is rich in heather and broom. The aridity of the clayey and iron rich soil has fortified the over 600 hectares of pines and forests, and only a small part of the land is cultivated. There are some old clay kilns here, as clay excavation was once a common practice here, and there are many noble villas, including Villa Valera in Arese. There are many educational and leisure activities organized in the park.
Designed and built between 1902 and 1904 by Luigi Perrone, this was one of the first buildings to utilize reinforced concrete. It consists of a compact volume with a central hall surrounded by a series of secondary rooms. The distinguished, elegant façade expresses the importance of the company and the quality of the product.
Varenna has preserved its historic center made up of tiny lanes and streets all leading to the small port which offers spectacular lake views. The 4th century church, restored in the 17th and 18th centuries, has preserved Lombardo Gothic characteristics. The interior has three naves and a hulled vault. On the enormous façade there is a fresco of St Christopher. There are many villas to see but don't miss the Villa Monastero and Villa Isimbardi or dei Capresi which have beautiful grounds. These villas now belong to the government and are used for conferences and scientific conventions. Leonardo da Vinci described the strange phenomenon of a short river in Varenna in his Codice Atlantico. The river gushes water white as milk out of a cave from spring to autumn, and seems to disappear for the rest of the year.
Opened in 1975, the Parco Nord Milano is a place which used to be a marginal, run down area on the outskirts of the city. A recuperation project which begun in 1967 gradually improved the environment and made over 600 hectares of green space. The area has now become a proper city park and a place to breathe in the city. It also has numerous leisure facilities, such as fountains, cycling paths and a seated area and is popular with locals and schoolchildren. There are buildings of historic interest in the area such as the Villa Torretta di Sesto S. Giovanni and Villa Manzoni at Cormano, as well as over 100 plant species here.
The third largest lake in Italy (145km2), Lake Como (or Lario) is fed by the river Adda and 36 smaller rivers. It is one of Lombardy's most beautiful spots. It lies between Brianza and Valtellina like an upside down "Y" and so has three distinct sections: the Colico stretch to the north with its mountainous and varied shores, the Lecco stretch to the east with its bare, rocky shores, and the arm of Como with gentle, green banks. Historically, the lake has been a place of transit since ancient times (in proto-historical times there was a road that ran along the crest on the western side of the lake). Remains of the various cultures and peoples that have lived there throughout history have been found around it: villas, sanctuaries, chapels and monasteries lie all around its lovely surroundings. Villa D'Este at Cernobbio, the ancient church on Comacina island, Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo, Bellagio, Piona abbey, the small hamlet of Varenna, Como and its monuments, the ancient mule track of Mount Bisbino, the wide views seen from Brunate are just some of the many attractions the shores of the lake offer to tourists and artists. Besides the standard visits by car, the ferry lines of the lake's transport company offer superb views of the lake.
Carroponte is a museum display that pays tribute to the city of Sesto San Giovanni. During the summer months, Carroponte is also a temporary venue for the Carroponte Festival. To know more about the Carroponte, do visit their website.
The purpose of the large Bicocca project was the reuse of the enormous area previously occupied by the Pirelli and Ansaldo factories into a site based on industry, university buildings, research laboratories, shopping centres and services. The project has attracted the largest contribution from Europe in Milan. It is under the direction of Vittorio Gregotti who has attempted to create a "historical centre in the suburbs" around the grid of roads, open spaces and factory buildings. Some of the buildings are restructured versions of the original industrial sites, others are new creations. They are aligned in blocks connected by five large pedestrian squares that provide a human centre and aid in the urban image of the area. "The creation of simple, civil architecture without showing off" is what Gregotti has attempted to achieve. The Siemens research building, the residential buildings along Viale Sarca, the seat of the second University of Studies in Milan, and the layout of the open spaces are the elegant results.
This rural home has partly conserved the characteristics of a noble residence. The building, designed by an unknown architect, does not reflect a unitary design: it was extended throughout the course of time from the initial structure which dates from the early 15th century. Most of the work took place in the 16th century. There is an interesting display of paintings on the first floor, and the large loggia on the top floor is an unusual architectural solution. The building also underwent two separate restorations in 1910 and 1953. It now belongs to the Pirelli company who use it for meetings and private events.
The Martesana was built at the orders of Filippo Maria Visconti between 1457-60 with the initial purpose of providing irrigation water to increase agricultural yields; it was later decided to use it as a method of communication with the Adda valley, Bergamo and Brescia. To overcome the rise of 20 metres between Milan and the river Adda, Leonardo da Vinci improved the system of locks and natural basins: over a distance of almost 40 kilometres, the waters of the Adda were taken from Trezzo to the city, then into the Scaricatore canal, and from there into the Redefossi canal that joined the river Lambro south of Milan. From the second half of the 17th century, the Martesana did not represent a trading and agricultural reality and its banks were lined with the country residences of wealthy Milanese. There were many splendid villas including Villa Alari Visconti, Villa Uboldo, Villa Biancani at Cernusco, Villa Rey at Anzago and Villa Castelbarco at Vaprio. Navigation on the canal began to fall off in the 20th c. In 1933, the stretch between Via Castelfidardo to Via Melchiorre Gioia in the city was covered over and those parts of the canal in Milan that were uncovered were neglected. Now that a cycling route has been opened along the towpath from Milan to Casano d'Adda, it is possible to explore Martesana. The locks, control buildings and elegant villas today represent a page in Milanese history.