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Cassano Magnago

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A treasure chest that preserves a long past

Between the Val d 'Arno and the Olona Valley, in the province of Varese, Cassano Magnago is characterized by a territory that is partly flat and partly hilly. Right on top of a morainic hill, once hollowed out of clay, stands the Oasi Boza, a protected wetland area. The history of Cassano Magnago is long and fascinating: the area was already inhabited in antiquity by Romans, Celts and Gauls.

Among the finds are a cinerary urn dated between 600 and 450 BC, traces of a palification of the civilization of Golasecca, burials, bronze coins and small furnaces of the Roman era exhibited in the Museum of History of Gallarate.

A further testimony of the ancient settlements is the former church of San Giulio, an ancient place dedicated to Celtic worship then transformed into a Roman temple and finally into a Christian church. Owned by the Municipality since the nineteenth century, it has been used for various purposes, but the restorations have brought to light frescoes and ancient foundations that today you can admire thanks to the glass floor. 

Also unmissable is the Church of Santa Maria del Cerro, built in the thirteenth century together with the Visconti dal Pozzo Castle, inside which is the Sacred Thorn of the Crown of Jesus brought by Princivalle Visconti in 1570 from Cologne.

Cassano Magnago

21012 Cassano Magnago VA, Italia

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