In the past there were villas and gardens along the Martesana canal in the suburb of Gorla, a district on the north-eastern outskirts of Milan. Some ancient buildings can still be seen today from the towpath. The Martesana canal was the driving force for these places, providing water to irrigate fields, enabling the transportation of goods and facilitating the growth of industries.
The old Gorla Bridge, which the present-day bridge on viale Monza, marked the history of the suburb of Gorla in several stages.
The area was the scene of a massacre during the Second World War caused by an aerial bombardment that hit a primary school.
A monument made by the sculptor Remo Brioschi was erected to the "little martyrs of Gorla" in remembrance of the victims.