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Grande Milano, or Greater Milan, is the urban area surrounding the city of Milan, the capital of Lombardy in Italy. This guide covers the locations surrounding Milan that fall into the boundaries of the provinces of Milan as well as Monza and Brianza under the administrative split of Lombardy.

One can assume that all of the towns around Milan are just bedroom communities providing the big city with extra labour force, this is very much not the case with Grande Milano. Many of the localities have their own unique character and history, with town centres full of architectural heritage and much to offer in terms of culture and sightseeing. As most are within half an hour of Milan, extending your visit to the city with day trips may enrich your experience exponentially.


Map of Grande Milano

  • 1 Milan (Milano) — the capital of Lombardy, the Milan province and the centre of the metropolitan area
  • 2 Abbiategrasso — it's Visconti Castle was built in 1382
  • 3 Monza — known primarily for the racing track, but also boasting a beautiful large park and a pedestrianized historic town centre
  • 4 Legnano — the only town other than Rome named in the Italian national anthem
  • 5 Paderno Dugnano — one of the youngest cities in Italy, only created as such in 1989
  • 6 San Donato Milanese — possession of the archbishops of Milan, reachable from Milan by metro
  • 7 San Giorgio su Legnano — since 1957, hosting the annual Campaccio, a cross country running event which attracts world class athletes

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  • 1 Abbey of Viboldone (Abbazia di Viboldone) – is an abbey in Viboldone, a frazione of San Giuliano Milanese
  • 2 Agliata Basilic (Basilica Agliate) – is a basilic in Agliate, a frazione of Carate Brianza


The northern part of Grande Milano contains the historic land of Brianza, which spills to some extent onto the provinces around Lake Como. The metropolitan city of Milan is an Italian metropolitan city in Lombardy. Planned for the first time by law no. 142 on the new system of local authorities of 8 June 1990, art. 17-21, was definitively established by the law of 7 April 2014 n. 56, replacing the pre-existing province of Milan starting from 1 January 2015. With a population of 3 249 722 inhabitants, it is the second most populous metropolitan city in the country after the metropolitan city of Rome and covers an area of 1,575.65 km² comprising 133 metropolitan municipalities. It borders to the north with the province of Varese and the province of Monza and Brianza, to the east with the province of Bergamo, to the south-east with the province of Cremona and the province of Lodi, to the south-west with the province of Pavia and to the west with the province of Novara (Piedmont). It also includes the municipality of San Colombano al Lambro, an exclave between the provinces of Lodi and Pavia.

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