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Cernusco sul Naviglio

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

Where
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

Cappella espiatoria

  • Art & Culture
Cappella espiatoria
8.96 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

Monza Park

  • Active & Green
Monza Park
9.86 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

Golf Club Milano

A prestigious Golf Club Milano with a superb 27-hole course and one of the most beautiful Club Houses in Europe.
  • Golf
Golf Club Milano, Parco Reale di Monza (MB)
10.57 km

Vedano al Lambro

Near Monza, in the Lambro Valley. From Villa Zendali to the Church of Santo Stefano, discover the treasures of Vedano al Lambro.
  • Art & Culture
Vedano al Lambro, Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini
10.62 km

Milan Central Station

It is much more than a station. It is a place to experience shopping, the flavors of the world and use the many services available
  • Art & Culture
Milan Central Station
11.03 km

Palazzo Pirelli

Ha compiuto 60 anni, la preziosa opera architettonica, simbolo della città di Milano.
  • Lifestyle
Palazzo Pirelli
11.18 km

Planetarium

To shine in the city of Milan are not only the hight fashion clothes: the celestial stars shine at the Planetarium in Milan
  • Art & Culture
Planetarium, discover the cosmos
11.53 km

Activities

Tour of the historic center of Monza and the Royal Villa

  • Art & Culture
Tour of the historic center of Monza and the Royal Villa
7.89 km

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

Membership card Pirelli HangarBicocca

  • Art & Culture
Membership card Pirelli HangarBicocca
8.9 km

Admission to the Contemporary Art Museum Pirelli HangarBicocca

  • Art & Culture
Admission to the Contemporary Art Museum Pirelli HangarBicocca
8.91 km

Franciacorta vineyards and farmhouse walking tour with lunch by private Minivan from Milan

  • Art & Culture
Franciacorta vineyards and farmhouse walking tour with lunch by private Minivan from Milan
9.34 km

Bergamo and Franciacorta by private Minivan from Milan

  • Art & Culture
Bergamo and Franciacorta by private Minivan from Milan
9.34 km

Franciacorta Golf Club day tour by private Minivan from Milan

  • Golf
Franciacorta Golf Club day tour by private Minivan from Milan
9.34 km

Full-day unlimited green fee at Golf Club Bergamo 'L’Albenza' by private Minivan from Milan

  • Golf
Full-day unlimited green fee at Golf Club Bergamo 'L’Albenza' by private Minivan from Milan
9.34 km

Franciacorta winery and Unesco site private tour with lunch by minivan from Milan

  • Art & Culture
Franciacorta winery and Unesco site private tour with lunch by minivan from Milan
9.34 km

Franciacorta wine tour and tasting from Milan

  • Food & Wine
Franciacorta wine tour and tasting from Milan
11.02 km

Como and Bellagio tour by bus from Milan

  • Art & Culture
Como and Bellagio tour by bus from Milan
11.02 km

Contemporary architecture in Milan: the Porta Nuova District

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

Walking tour of 20th century Milan

  • Art & Culture
Walking tour of 20th century Milan
12.03 km

Private tour of the new architecture and skypscrapers in Milan

  • Art & Culture
Private tour of the new architecture and skypscrapers in Milan
12.06 km

Milan patisserie food tour

  • Art & Culture
Milan patisserie food tour
12.11 km

Private tour of Milan skyline

  • Art & Culture
Private tour of Milan skyline
12.32 km

Where to sleep

B&B CORTE SUL NAVIGLIO

Cernusco sul Naviglio
B&B CORTE SUL NAVIGLIO
248 mt

B&B I CEDRI

Brugherio
B&B I CEDRI
3.34 km

B&B VILLA AURORA

Brugherio
B&B VILLA AURORA
3.67 km

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA TOP SUITE CENTRO 20

Brugherio
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA TOP SUITE CENTRO 20
3.95 km

MOXI MILAN LINATE AIRPORT

Segrate
MOXI MILAN LINATE AIRPORT
5.02 km

B&B VILLA LUISA

Brugherio
B&B VILLA LUISA
5.16 km

MANSARDA PASQUALINA 2 - SUB.708

Cologno Monzese
MANSARDA PASQUALINA 2 - SUB.708
5.18 km

LE CASE DI PONE - VIVI SUB.706

Cologno Monzese
LE CASE DI PONE - VIVI  SUB.706
5.6 km

LE CASE DI PONE - ASSI SUB.710

Cologno Monzese
LE CASE DI PONE - ASSI  SUB.710
5.6 km

CAMERA40

Gorgonzola
CAMERA40
5.69 km

NH MILANO 2

Segrate
NH MILANO 2
5.83 km

CAV POLICLINICO DI MONZA CASA DI CURA PRIVATA

Monza
CAV POLICLINICO DI MONZA CASA DI CURA PRIVATA
6.22 km

CAV LE QUERCE

Monza
CAV LE QUERCE
6.25 km

CAV SUITE MONZA

Monza
CAV SUITE MONZA
6.25 km

GUESTHERO RIZZOLI 49

Milano
GUESTHERO RIZZOLI 49
6.33 km

DEPENDANCE GRAND HOTEL DUCA DI MANTOVA

Sesto San Giovanni
DEPENDANCE GRAND HOTEL DUCA DI MANTOVA
6.55 km

B&B SOLONE

Monza
B&B SOLONE
6.58 km

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA BERNERIO LUISA

Segrate
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA BERNERIO LUISA
6.62 km

CAV RESIDENZA AMATI 82

Monza
CAV RESIDENZA AMATI 82
6.99 km

CAV OASI DI MONZA VIA AMATI 82

Monza
CAV OASI DI MONZA VIA AMATI 82
6.99 km