Knowing Milan and its province
Between Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese
During this itinerary, we will discover the tenth province of Milan that unfurls on the land between Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese. If the origin of Naviglio Grande dates back to the 12th century, then this makes the establishment of Naviglio of Pavia more complicated. Although the idea dates back to Visconti, the first attempt to make a channel between Milan and Pavia between the 16th and 17th was a failure, it was only under Napoleon that the project was completed.
Leaving Milan and towards the south-west will pass through the area via Savona and via Tortona, an area with an industrious past that in the last two decades has become a fashionable district.
Continuing along the Naviglio Grande we will enter the vast territory of South Park Agricultural Milan: A park that combines the preservation and protection of the area, defending all aspects of agriculture and it's economic landscape. Sixty-one towns about a third of the province, create a green belt south of Milan, which connects the Ticino park with the Adda valley.
Crossing the lush countryside we arrive at all'Abbazia Morimondo and village, an area where the work of the Cistercian monks is made visible along the landscape until Ticino.
The route along the countryside is abundant with water, canals and rice fields. We will pass the centres of Rosate, Fallavecchia, Binasco right up to Zibido San Giacomo where, we will find ourselves amongst new neighbourhoods and productive areas, from here we go back to Milan.
In a region characterized by the presence of water, the journey ends with a plant which treats and cleans the water used by Milanese or the Purifier of San Rocco, situated west along the ring road, in the territory of Milan.
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.