Knowing Milan and its province
Castles and fortresses at the Ticino
Leaving Milan and heading in the direction of the north-west, along the historic Napoleon route, we will see a token of Milan's industrial past: il Portello. An area once occupied by Alfa Romeo factories, that is now taking shape as a modern residential district enriched by a large new urban park.
Leaving Milan behind, we will continue along Highway 33 Sempione, taking the old main road that leads to Lake Maggiore, and arrive in Rho. An ancient village that has maintained its flavour of the past in its centre and best known today for hosting the new Fair, they have have managed to marry this past with the present.
Continuing along the Highway of Simpione, we will arrive at the large metropolis of the Olona valley, formed by Legnano, Busto Arsizio and Gallarate centres.
An urbanized area that draws its origins from industries launched in the first half of the 19th century, especially in the textile and cotton sectors, but that strengths its vocation with the introduction of the steam engine and electricity. Legnano also sees its industrial past linked to the name Franco Tosi, a mechanics company that was formed in 1876 and that stayed amongst the main Italian manufacturers of turbines and steam boilers. The need for so much electricity is partly satisfied by the historical power plant of Turbigo, which can be seen from the bridge of Naviglio together along with the sight of old houses and factories. Here we are already within the Ticino Park territory, near the Turin-Milan Highway.
Between Rho, with its new exhibition centre and Malpensa airport, this part of Milanese territory will undergo major development over the next few years, in order to strengthen the infrastructure between the capital's international hub and its welcomed new settlements and services.
The project of itineraries is by AIM - Association of Metropolitan Interests - and was developed for the site in association with provincial editorial staff of visitamilano.