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Top Sights Near Milan

If you get tired of the busy and loud city life, make a day trip outside Milan. In the vicinity, there is a number of beautiful lakes such as Lago di Garda – the biggest and deepest in Italy, Lago Maggiore – second largest in Italy, picturesque Lago Malaspina and the famous Lago di Como. To the southwest of Milan there is the city of Pavia dating back to the 6th Century and featuring a number of impressive landmarks. You can also visit Trezzo sull'Adda municipality where the biggest attraction is the 14th-century castle initially belonging to the Visconti family, or the town of Monza hosting the Grand Prix of Italy motor races and also known for its Romanesque-Gothic St John Cathedral.


Abbey of Chiaravalle
Address: Piacenza, Italy
Phone: +39 523 897113

The Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba, founded in 1135 by St Bernard of Chiaravalle, is located 95 kilometres from Milan. By the end of the 1100s, the monastery’s lands increased significantly because of donations from the local aristocracy. The abbey was consecrated and dedicated to the Virgin Mary in 1221, and its tower, Ciribiciaccola, was added about one century later. In 1248, the forces of Emperor Frederick II (Stupor Mundi) burned and destroyed most of the buildings of the abbey and its lands. The monastery was restored, but suffered from the Hundred Years' War, when the English invaded the Italian Peninsula in the second half of the 1300s and destroyed the land. And, in the 1700s, Napoleon's troops, on the way to Venice, descended on the area and looted, pillaged and burned the monastery buildings. From 1893 to 1925, the church and monastery were restored in Baroque style, and even hosted concerts. The architectural highlights of the abbey are the window and doorway settings on the east side of the cloisters, which face the chapter house and adjoining rooms, as well as the monks' dormitory staircase, dated from the late 1200s.
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Abbey of Mirasole
Address: Santa Maria di Chiaravalle Milanese Via Sant'Arialdo 102

The 13th-century Abbey of Mirasole is situated in the quiet town of Opera, south of Milan. The abbey, keeping the traditions of the Umiliati Order, comprises a mediaeval citadel with a large courtyard, one of the best examples of ancient rural courts. The monastery once manufactured wool, from the sheep shearing process to the weaving and dying of the garments. It was the only place in the region which possessed mallets for making the wool into felt. In turn, the monastery became a centre for Milanese craftsmen and workshops. In 1797, the monastery's property was donated by Napoleon to Ospedale Maggiore, in thanks for the care and assistance rendered to his wounded Army. The monastery was the centre of one of the major operations of agrarian and hydraulic reclamation of the surrounding marshland.The Abbey of Mirasole has been restored and today serves as an exhibition centre for the Benefactors' Picture Gallery, as well as for the historical-artistic library heritage accumulated over more than 500 years.
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Abbey of Viboldone

In 1941, the present congregation of Benedictine monks chose the Abbey of Viboldone, located near Milan, for their monastic vocation. Previously, on orders of Napoleon Bonaparte, the monastery housed the Olivetan monks, signs of which still remain in the abbey. However, origins of the Abbey of Viboldone hail from testimony left by the Umiliati monks, who played an important role in the tumultuous period of Milan. Today, the abbey retains its traditional role of spiritual centre for prayers.
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Albano Terme
Address: Veneto

Known for a long time as Albano Bagni, Veneto is located in the region of Veneto, just 10 kilometres away from the city of Padua. The town is spread over a mountain called Colli Euganei. According to its name, there are numerous hot springs and the town is a world-famous thermal spa resort. The ancient baths, such as the Roman Aquae Patavinae or Fons Aponi, are considered a great treatment for gout and rheumatism.
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Autodromo Nazionale Monza Race Track
Address: 42 Via Manzoni Alessandro
Phone: +39 2 03 938 6955

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza motorsport race track, Europe’s oldest circuit still in use, is situated north of Milan, and is one of the best and most popular racing circuits in the world. The track hosts the Formula One Italian Grand Prix, popular with race drivers because of the track's higher-than-average speed capacity, due to its long straights. The profile of the circuit allows the drivers to use all of their skills at each turn. Many modifications have been introduced to the Monza circuit in order to improve spectators’ safety and reduce curve speed. The Scuderia Ferrari and Tifosi race teams are popular sponsors to the Monza circuit.
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Bellagio

The municipality of Bellagio is located on Lake Como in the province of Como, not far from Milan in Lombardy. Bellagio sits at the intersection of the three branches of the Y-shaped lake, Lario, and in the peninsula separating the lake's two southern arms, where the Alps are visible as well.
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Brianza

Brianza is a hilly region situated at the foot of the Alps, in northwestern Lombardy, 3 kilometres north of Milan. Brianza's neighbouring regions include the municipalities of Canzo, to the north; the Monza zone, to the south; the Seveso River, to the west; and the Adda River to the east. The Lambro River flows through the middle of Brianza. The language spoken in this region is Brianzoo, a dialect of the Insubric language.
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Cassano d'Adda
Address: Italy

Cassano d'Adda is a town which has existed since AD 887 and situated in the province of Lombardy, Milan, along the Adda River, between the provinces of Milan and Bergamo. Notable people who have passed through Cassano include Napoleon in 1796 and 1807, as well as King Vittorio Enamuele II and Emperor Napoleon III in 1859. In the 19th Century, the town became an important agricultural centre because of the two artificial canals connecting the Adda River with the municipalities of Lodi and Milano. One of the most impressive attractions in Cassano is the Borromeo Castle, built in 1000. In 1400, on orders of Francesco I Sforza, the castle was redesigned by the architect Bartolomeo Gadio. Later, the castle was owned by Venetians, Spanish and Austrians, as well as by the noble Italian families Dadda, Castaldo, Bonelli and Borromeo. The Neoclassic Villa Borromeo, designed by Giuseppe Piermarini, is another highlight in Cassano. Other attractions include the 'ricetto' (barracks); the villas Brambilla, Gabbioneta, Cornaggia-Medici and Mauri; the casas Pasini, Rusca and Corsini; and the Berva Palazzo. Cassano d'Adda' also boasts a 14th-century church, built by Beatrice della Scala, the wife of Bernabo Visconti, as well as the churches Immacolata, St Aquilino, St Dionigi, St Antonio and St Ambrogio.
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