Stage 20 | 25 October 2020 | 15.7 km
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Cernusco sul Naviglio
Cernusco sul Naviglio is located 16km east of Milan (Lombardy), with about 35,000 inhabitants with an average age of just over 40 years and about 6,500 under 18. There are more than 2,200 companies and about 320 shops. Over time the city has developed according to a harmonious urban design, around two fundamental areas: the large historic center made pedestrian in the 80s where there are more than 100 shops and numerous associative spaces; the monumental axis of the Naviglio, with the section of the 32 km cycle path that connects Milan to Trezzo d’Adda and the large green areas for outdoor sports. The city is served by important fast-flowing roads such as the Milan ring road; it is reached by the Milan train line; it is close to the airports of Linate and Orio to Serio; it is crossed by more than 70 km of cycle paths; it features quality hotels and restaurants; major multinationals in the technology, services and photography sectors have their headquarters in the city.
Cernusco sul Naviglio has been awarded as ‘European City of Sport 2020’ from Aces Europe last December 2019 in Brussels at the European Parliament. Some numbers: 46 sports associations with 7,500 estimated athletes engaged in 38 different sports disciplines; 2 Municipal sports centres with roughly 800,000 estimated attendances each year; 11 school sport centres; 2 riding centres; 6,000 square meters of golf club; 3 private areas with sports facilities. With 2500 seats, the ‘Gaetano Scirea’ stadium is the most important sports arena in the city and it is dedicated to the unforgettable champion of Juventus and the Italian national team, born in Cernusco sul Naviglio. Among the many champions of the different disciplines born in Cernusco sul Naviglio, as Simone Collio sprinter in the 100 meters in 3 editions of the Olympics, also two great cyclists: Francesco Zucchetti, gold medalist at the Olympics of Paris1924 in the team pursuit; Mario Scirea, gold medalist at the World Championships in Villach 1987 in the team time trial, with 24 appearances in the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta of Spain.
Symbol of the territory that bears the same name, the ‘Naviglio della Martesana’ is the water channel that for centuries has been the backbone of the economy of the whole area. Built at the end of the 15th century with the contribution of Leonardo da Vinci, the ‘Naviglio della Martesana’ originates from the Adda River and today represents an invaluable historical asset from an environmental and cultural point of view, to know and to live. The City of Cernusco sul Naviglio has for years embarked on a path of promotion of this water channel area through the enhancement of its context as a heritage of the entire territory. A series of parks connected for about 3 km surround the banks of the waterway, confirming the territory not only as a green area for citizens, but also as a tourist route with a very high cultural historical heritage.
From the end of the 17th century, noble families built their residential or holiday mansions in Cernusco sul Naviglio. ‘Villa Alari Visconti di Saliceto’ is one of the richest and most majestic villas in Milan, to the point that it was requested for rent for four years from 1771 to 1775 by Archduke Ferdinand of Habsburg who used it as a summer residence with his wife Maria Beatrice d’Este; ‘Villa Biancani Greppi’ is now home to the town hall and a place where to rediscover the most important passages of the ‘Cernuschese history’; ‘Villa Uboldo’ is home to the hospital but its English garden, now a public park, evokes a romantic atmosphere with constructions in style such as the non-original Gothic-Lombard church facade, the bridge and the crenellated walls. These ‘Ville di Delizia’ and their parks are the destination of guided tours, ideal environment for a day of discovering the treasures ‘outside Milan’ and fascinating contexts for cultural and musical events organized throughout the year.
World capital of fashion and design, Milan lives poised between a centuries-long historical and cultural tradition and a creative stance looking forward to innovation and the world at large. Its destiny is already in its name, Mediolanum, meaning “place in the middle” between different territories and peoples, a hub for trade and commerce from the very beginning. Born as a Celtic village it has been through the centuries the Capital of the Western half of the Roman Empire, a major Renaissance Court at the time of Ludovico il Moro and Leonardo da Vinci, a place of plunder for French, Spaniards, Austrians – finally to be annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. From the 18th century to the present Milan has never ceased to renew its look, from the Neo-Classical lines of Teatro alla Scala to the sumptuous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and finally to the high-rise of its skyscrapers that, from Gio Ponti to the international archistars, have re-drawn its skyline.
Tradition and innovation also co-exist in the Milan of taste, between ancient recipes and contemporary gourmet versions. History is represented by risotto alla milanese, with marrowbone steak and saffron rice, mondeghili (fried meatballs), rostin negàa (roast doused in white wine). The typical Christmas cake is Panettone, now famous throughout the world.
Milan provides cooking for every taste and every budget: 20 Michelin-starred restaurants, countless trattorie, local eateries, vegetarian, romantic, traditional and ethnic. But also bars and pubs to celebrate the rite of aperitivo in the evening, with elaborate cocktails and tasty finger food.
A textbook visit to the city can only start from its centre: the Duomo, with its marbles, its spires, its great windows and its five centuries of history; the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele; Piazza della Scala, with the Theatre and the monument to Leonardo da Vinci. Milan’s history is especially visible in centuries of churches and Christian symbols: the imposing antiquity of San Lorenzo, with its columns; the beauty of Lombard Romanic in Sant’Ambrogio; the Renaissance in Santa Maria delle Grazie, with Leonardo’s Last Supper, the cloister and the sacristy; the frescoed interior of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. A place of history and Art, but of protected leisure by its courts and towers as well, Castello Sforzesco houses masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini and the Sala delle Asse with the recently restored wall paintings by Leonardo.
Milano offers enthusiasts more than 80 museums, such as Pinacoteca di Brera, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Gallerie d’Italia, Galleria d’Arte Moderna or its House Museums Focus is not on art only but on science as well: look up Museo Nazionale di Scienza e Tecnologia, named after Leonardo. The contemporary has found home at Museo del Novecento, Fondazione Prada, the new Museo del Design at the Triennale, while Palazzo Reale, PAC – Padiglione di Arte Contemporanea and MUDEC periodically host exhibitions of international standing.
With a short metro or tramcar trip one can reach the charming alleyways of the Brera district, take an evening stroll by the romantic Navigli, window-shop across fashion streets like via Montenapoleone or via della Spiga, breathe freely in Parco Sempione or in another of the many parks and gardens. While the new Milan soars in the Porta Nuova district, with Piazza Gae Aulenti and the Bosco Verticale; and in the CityLife area, with its three towers.
Milan also captivates for the rich vibrancy of the events held throughout the year, starting from the Week&City series, successful in involving the whole city under the banner of a shared theme. Among the most famous are the Fashion Weeks, bringing to Milan the big pret-à-porter brands together with the new emerging fashion houses; Design Week, during Salone del Mobile (Furniture Fair), when creativity takes over the city with events and exhibits; and Art Week, dedicated to contemporary art, with openings, temporary exhibitions and international guests.