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Cernusco sul Naviglio

History, interesting facts and attractions of this green city, on the shores of the Martesana

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Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI)

Only a few kilometres away from the hectic city of Milano. Here are the green trees, with a number of parks, gardens and the Naviglio Martesana at its heart.

Cernusco is crossed from East to West by the Martesana, also known as Naviglio Piccolo. A symbol of this area bearing its name, the Naviglio della Martesana is the canal that for centuries was the bearing axis of the economy for the entire area. Built at the end of the 15th century with the contribution of Leonardo da Vinci, the Naviglio Martesano originates from the Adda river and represents a priceless piece of history from an environmental and cultural point of view.

Until the middle of the XIX century, the town was named Cernusco Asinario, when, in 1985, the President of the Republic, due to its importance, gave Cernusco sul Naviglio the title of city. Its history and economic development are historically tied to the manufacturing of silk, with the spinning mill of Piazza Gavazzi. Now there are a number of monuments and places that celebrate this industry. This is easy to see taking just a simple walk through the beautiful historical centre, one of the first to be made pedestrian in the inland of Milano during the 1980s.

For example, in Piazza della Repubblica, with the sculpture by Nado Canuti representing the transformation of the silkworm into a cocoon and then a chrysalis. In Piazza Matteotti, a lively meeting place for the locals and visitors, near the fountain is a large mulberry tree, whose fruit is the favourite food of silkworms. 

The walk continues through the large Piazza Unità d’Italia. Capturing immediate attention is Villa Greppi - and its gardens - recently restored and now council offices. Near the centre of the piazza is the Tuba Mirum, a sculpture by Arman, an important master of French nouveau réalisme.

Just behind the pedestrian area and along the Naviglio, is the Santuario di Santa Maria Addolorata, first documented in the IX century, the radically modified beginning in 1642. In 1998, the new bronze portal was built and the altar was substituted. Another interesting religious building is the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, with its long history and consecrated on 17 July 1932 by the Cardinal Archbishop Ildefonso Schuster.

As mentioned above, Cernusco is also stunning for the nature in its parks, perfect for runners and sports enthusiasts of all kinds. The most recent? The large and beautiful Parco dei Germani. With its large green spaces, Cernusco is the perfect place for doing outdoor sports and it is crossed by over 70 km of cycle paths.  This vocation for sports and the large number of facilities and associations in the area, made Cernusco sul Naviglio the European City of Sport 2020, recognised by Aces Europe, and assigned in December 2019 by the European Parliament in Brussels.

But Cernusco is also known for the elegance of its historical buildings and villas. In addition to the previously cited Villa Biancani Greppi, the council offices and the best place to find out more about Cernusco’s long history, of particular importance is Villa Alari Visconti, commissioned to the architect, Giovanni Ruggeri by Giacinto Alari in the 18th century. A splendid Rococo style villa, with its English garden and its paths, it quickly became popular in the Milano area, so much so that the Archduke, Ferdinando d’Asburgo, the son of the empress Maria Teresa, asked to rent it. It was his summer house, together with his consort Maria Beatrice d’Este. The last family to own it were the Visconti Saliceto, and since 2007 it has been a public property. There is also Villa Uboldo - the hospital - which, with its verdant English garden, now a public park, has a romantic feel to it.

These Ville di Delizia and their parks are perfect for guided tours, the ideal destination for a day out discovering all the treasures “outside Milano” and fascinating places for holding cultural and musical events organised throughout the year.

What is Cernusco sul Naviglio’s local speciality? The raviggiolo, a sort of ravioli made with buckwheat. It is topped with butter and escargot and is stuffed with sage, fresh cream, crème fraîche, dandelion, plantain, chicory and a bit of chilli pepper.

There is a lot more to share about Cernusco sul Naviglio, a small world that attracts visitors with its elegance, be they casual visitors or those who run into it, maybe while out enjoying the cycle and foot paths. It is also an ideal place for shopping in the town centre - there are over 100 shops - or to go for a nice drink.

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Ph: Enzo Motta
Take me here: Cernusco sul Naviglio

Places

Villa Alari Visconti

Villa Alari is a sumptuous Rococo-style villa that was built in the 18th century in Cernusco sul Naviglio.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Alari Visconti
196 mt

Molinetto Country Club

A few kilometres from Milan and from Linate airport, a Club in a verdant setting that unites tradition and modernity.
  • Golf
Molinetto Country Club, Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI)
1.87 km

Chapel of teodolinda

In the Cathedral of Monza, a chapel tells the story of Queen Teodolinda.
  • Religious Tourism
Chapel of Teodolinda
7.88 km

Duomo di Monza

A history of more than 1400 years and a priceless treasure are kept in the basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
  • Religious Tourism
Duomo di Monza, Churches of Monza
7.88 km

From the pulpit: Monza’s Arengario

  • Art & Culture
From the pulpit: Monza’s Arengario
8 km

Musei Civici di Monza

Monza and its history in a rediscovered museum. The collections of the city are in Casa degli Umiliati.
  • Art & Culture
Monza, Musei Civici di Monza
8.13 km

Royal gardens of monza

40 hectares for romantic walks, between art and nature. The Monza Royal Gardens also contain a charming rose garden.
  • Active & Green
Royal gardens of monza
8.87 km

Royal Villa of Monza and gardens

  • Art & Culture
Villa Reale, Monza
8.88 km

Niso Fumagalli Rose Garden

The Niso Fumagalli rose garden alongside the Villa Reale in Monza hosts more than 4000 rose varieties from all over the world.
  • Active & Green
Niso Fumagalli Rose Garden
8.92 km

Villa Reale of Monza

  • Art & Culture
Villa Reale of Monza
8.94 km

Cappella espiatoria

  • Art & Culture
Cappella espiatoria
8.96 km

Serrone of Villa Reale

  • Art & Culture
Roseto - Serrone of Villa Reale - Monza
9.03 km

Torretta Viscontea

  • Art & Culture
Torretta Viscontea - Parco di Monza - ph: Ilcittadinomb.it
9.16 km

Arcimboldi Theater

Inaugurated in January 2002, the Teatro degli Arcimboldi seasons are transversal, without foreclosure of genres.
  • Art & Culture
Arcimboldi Theater
9.37 km

Cascina Rosa Botanical Gardens

From weeds of an abandoned farmhouse, it has blossomed in a short time a well-kept garden, the Orto Botanico di Cascina Rosa
  • Active & Green
Cascina Rosa Botanical Gardens - Milan
9.45 km

Villa Mirabello

  • Art & Culture
Villa Mirabello - monzaindiretta.it
9.56 km

Monza Park

  • Active & Green
Monza Park
9.86 km

Villa Mirabellino

  • Art & Culture
Villa Mirabellino - Parco di Monza - ph fondoambiente.it
9.92 km

Autodromo Nazionale di Monza

Motor sports and high speeds
  • Sport
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
10.37 km

Vimercate

From the Vimercate district museum to the jewels of little Oreno. Discover what to visit in Vimercate.
  • Art & Culture
Vimercate
10.47 km

Activities

Longboard course for beginners

  • Active & Green
Longboard course for beginners
8.05 km

Longboard advanced course

  • Active & Green
Longboard advanced course
8.05 km

Cripta | escape room | Clues Hunt Milano

  • Lifestyle
Cripta | escape room | Clues Hunt Milano
8.53 km

Il regno dell'Oltre | Escape room | Clues Hunt Milano

  • Lifestyle
Il regno dell'Oltre | Escape room | Clues Hunt Milano
8.53 km

La Bottega di Leonardo | Escape room | Clues Hunt Milano

  • Lifestyle
La Bottega di Leonardo | Escape room | Clues Hunt Milano
8.53 km

Saturday 11 June - Gardens of Villa Reale of Monza

  • Active & Green
Saturday 11 June - Gardens of Villa Reale of Monza
8.87 km

Contemporary architecture in Milan: the Porta Nuova District

  • Art & Culture
Contemporary architecture in Milan: the Porta Nuova District
12.02 km

Fashion and Food in Milan

  • Food & Wine
Fashion and Food in Milan
12.35 km

Private walking tour Milan the city of fashion

  • Art & Culture
Private walking tour Milan the city of fashion
12.53 km

Cimitero Monumentale in Milan, a real open-air museum

  • Art & Culture
Cimitero Monumentale in Milan, a real open-air museum
12.75 km

The Underground Milan – The hidden archaeological areas

  • Art & Culture
The Underground Milan – The hidden archaeological areas
12.8 km

The Rooftop of the Duomo

  • Art & Culture
The Rooftop of the Duomo
12.8 km

19th June - Visit to Milan's La Scala theatre

  • Art & Culture
19th June - Visit to Milan's La Scala theatre
12.87 km

Milan Open Tour - Hop Off Hop On

  • Art & Culture
Milan Open Tour - Hop Off Hop On
13.01 km

Private Tour discover Milan Highlights

  • Art & Culture
Private Tour discover Milan Highlights
13.01 km

Licensed tour, hiking and experiential Guides in Lombardia

  • Active & Green
Licensed tour, hiking and experiential Guides in Lombardia
13.01 km

The heart of Milan

  • Art & Culture
The heart of Milan
13.25 km

Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

  • Art & Culture
Leonardo da Vinci in Milan
13.31 km

Longboard course for beginners

  • Active & Green
Longboard course for beginners
13.35 km

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, a tour to the masterpieces of Art

  • Art & Culture
The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana,  a tour to the masterpieces of Art
13.35 km

Where to sleep

B&B CORTE SUL NAVIGLIO

Cernusco sul Naviglio
B&B CORTE SUL NAVIGLIO
248 mt

CASA LOREX CON CUCINA E GIARDINO

Cernusco sul Naviglio
CASA LOREX CON CUCINA E GIARDINO
372 mt

RESIDENCE LE QUERCE

Cernusco sul Naviglio
RESIDENCE LE QUERCE
475 mt

VENTI7 CAVOUR2

Cernusco sul Naviglio
VENTI7 CAVOUR2
479 mt

CASA VALERIA

Cernusco sul Naviglio
CASA VALERIA
698 mt

CASA NELLA

Cernusco sul Naviglio
CASA NELLA
905 mt

FOR YOU

Cernusco sul Naviglio
FOR YOU
924 mt

LA CASETTA

Cernusco sul Naviglio
LA CASETTA
981 mt

CASA LUMIERE

Cernusco sul Naviglio
CASA LUMIERE
1.09 km

CASA FANTASIA

Cernusco sul Naviglio
CASA FANTASIA
1.09 km

CASA AZZURRA

Cernusco sul Naviglio
CASA AZZURRA
1.31 km

B&B GAGGIOLO

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B&B GAGGIOLO
2.03 km

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA FIORINA AFFITTACAMERE

Pioltello
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA FIORINA AFFITTACAMERE
2.1 km

CASA VACANZA LAILA

CASA VACANZA LAILA
2.12 km

LA VILLETTA

Pioltello
LA VILLETTA
2.24 km

FORESTERIA LOCANDA MAGNOLIA

Carugate
FORESTERIA LOCANDA MAGNOLIA
2.36 km

B&B ROSADA

B&B ROSADA
2.39 km

DA ROCCO

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DA ROCCO
2.44 km

CAV LE ORTENSIE

Brugherio
CAV LE ORTENSIE
2.55 km

VIA CENTAURO SUB 0722

VIA CENTAURO SUB 0722
2.61 km