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Castellazzo di Bollate
Castellazzo di Bollate

Castellazzo di Bollate - (Villa Arconati)

It is a huge complex made up of woods, moorlands, agricultural fields, in the middle of which a beautiful Baroque villa and its village are situated.
This little Versailles of Milan was built according to the will of Galeazzo Arconati, a member of the aristocracy of Milan and near to the Holy See from which he received a great statue of Pompeo, which is nowadays preserved inside the villa; according to the legend, Julius Caesar was killed at the foot of this statue.
Moreover, Arconati recovered the Atlantic Code of Leonardo, preserved it, and gave it to the Ambrosian Library; he also recovered a huge collection of works of art, including the beautiful funeral monument of Gaston de Foix sculpted by Bambaja (who was maybe Leonardo's disciple): today the monument is on display in the museum of the Castello Sforzesco in Milano.
The French garden preserves the long hornbeam lines according to precious and strict schemes. Unfortunately, the former owners deprived the villa of its furniture, and the structure needs to be restored. Probably the new owners will soon restore the building.


 
Cà del Re Nature Reserve
Cà del Re Nature Reserve

Cà del Re Nature Reserve

It is the largest moorland covered with woods in the Park, which has been miracolously preserved among big buildings and factories, along the SS road "Bustese" in Solaro. In this place, in the middle of the town it is possible to find a landscape which is typical of northern Europe, with heath, birches, Scotch firs, and young oaks. It is easy to reach it from the Park Center "Polveriera" on foot or by following the cycle-way passing under the SS road.


 

Lentate Pond Nature Reserve

It is a semi-natural pond restored by the Consorzio, where several birds stop, and where the rare little bittern lives. To visit the pond it is necessary to pass through the industrial area in Copreno (exit Lentate nord from the SS road Dei Giovi) where a naturalistic path is under construction.


 

Cesano Maderno Nature Sanctuary

It deals with a great project of environmental restoration, started by the Town of Cesano and by the Consorzio, in collaboration with the Towns of Bovisio Masciago and Limbiate, and managed by the LIPU (Italian League for Birds Protection). This area has suffered one of the worst ground pollution of the last decades (the ACNA basin), but this project is saving the relict woods, and, in an uncultivated area where once clay was extracted, an environment consisting of ponds and marshes has been created in order to safeguard the biodiversity and to offer to the migratory birds a rest point in the heart of the metropolis.
It is possible to reach this place from the old SS road Dei Giovi, at the crossroads with the traffic lights of Corso Libertà. The Oasis is endowed with a Visitor Center and with a little botanical garden under construction. Guided visits.


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