An ancient municipality overlooking the Naviglio Grande canal
The small town of Abbiategrasso remains one of the most distinctive villages around Milan. Its origins date back to the first centuries AD, and its importance has grown over time thanks to its proximity to the Naviglio Grande canal, which flows into the heart of Lombardy’s capital.
The main attraction is the 13th-century Visconti Castle, which was destroyed in 1167 by Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor. What you can admire today is what remains of the reconstruction that took place later at the order of Azzone Visconti.
Near the castle is the Basilica of Santa Maria Nuova. Built in 1365, it is the oldest religious building in the city. Preceded by a Renaissance four-sided portico, the façade portrays a delicate beauty, with elements added over the centuries.
Outside the historic centre, the complex of the former Convent of Annunciata houses a cycle of frescoes by Moietta, a 16th-century artist of the Leonardeschi school.