Saronno, Northern Italy


Saronno - Northern Italy (near Milan)


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Useul information about Saronno

Saronno Demographics
and general information

 

 

 

 

Amaretto di Saronno

 

Saronno information:

Geographical position: Italy
Location: Northern Italy - Lombardia Region
Province: Varese (VA)
Population: 37.000 (M 17.000+, F 19.000+)
Inhabitant density per square Km: 3.395,3 ( Istat 2001)
Postal code / 21047
Phone dialing (0039) 02 - 123456
Inhabitant denominationi: Saronnesi
Area 10.860 square km,
Sea level m. 212 (above).
Gegraphical position in Italy: 20 Km north of Milan,
20 Km south of Varese and Como.
Northern hub of Northern Railways with direct connections to Milano, Como and Varese

From Milan the Malpensa express train shuttle stops only in Saronno on the short journey to the Malpensa Airport (main nothern Italy airport)

Saronno view from air

Access roads and motorways to Saronno:
From Milan:
state road: Varesina
motorway: Milano Laghi (A9) (Milao Lakes)
motorway exit: Saronno.

Saronno Amenities
Bus services throughout all city of Saronno
Hotels : all categories
Restaurants, taverns, pubs and bars
numerous banks.
Elementary schools, secondary schools, lyeceums, technial colleges and professional schools,
Saronno also has a university (Università dell'Insubria)

The weekly market of Saronno is famous throughout Lombardy and is held each ednesday.

Worldwide, Saronno is probably best known for it's almod liquer DiSaronno Originale, which used to be called Amaretto di Saronno until a copyright issue on the name Saronno, forced the company to rename it. But the taste is still superb.

Saronno is also well known for it's Amaretti biscuits

Commerce and industry in Saronno,
More than 800 industrial corporations
nealry 1000 firms offering services
and more than 200 administrative or comunal offices

 

 

Useful numbers and addresses of Saronno:

Saronno Police:
Carabinieri - Saronno - 02.960.22.24

Saronno Fire Brigade:
Vigili del Fuoco - Saronno 02.960.22.22

Saronno Hospitals:
Ospedale Saronno - Pronto Soccorso 02.960.14.14

Ospedale Saronno - Centralino - 02.96.13.1

Traffic wardens:
Vigili Urbani - 02.967.10.200

Elecrtical works
Elettricità - 02.96.70.41.51

Water works:
Acquedotto - 02.960.11.22

Post Office
Posta - 02.962.27.36

Poste Italiane Spa
Saronno
Via Varese 130 - 21047

Poste Italiane Spa
Saronno Succ. 1
Via Manzoni 1 - 21047

TAXI by the railway station 02960.28.93
TAXI bythe hospital - 02.962.08.19

 

 

Italian northern railways

 



History
overview of
Saronno

 

Santuario Saronno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

industry in Saronno

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

A Brief History of Saronno

There are various theories on the origins of Saronno.
Recent studies demonstrate that it would have Etruscan origins, since that in same local dialct of the town, currently little used, there are terms of such origin (Etruscan) but the first theories make allow one to presume too that Saronno is of Celtic origin since in the surrounding area there have been archeological finds going back to that ancient civilization.

The first historical signs with regard to the existence of the city go back to 796, with the vicus that it called "Solomnum", replaced in the course of the years by "Solonnum" (until 1189), then "Solognum" and "Sorognum" that has then become "Seronium" and therefore "Seronum" and "Serono".

Only after the 17th century its denomination began to approach the present day one, transforming itself in "Sarono" and, in the successive century, "Saronno".

SAronno Santuario

More recent theories show that possibly the first settlements go back to the Roman era.
From the Middle Ages to the 12th century this then village slowly began to develop itself much to become an agricultural and trade center of some importance.

The war between the Visconti, with whom Saronno was in alliance, and the Torriani at the beginning of 13th century, made it to become a village of such military importance that it had to be encircled with fortified walls that but these were later dismantled. Around 1350 militarized village returns to being mostly of agricultural and handicraft character.

Subsequently Saronno was governed by the Visconti, by the Sforza and then by the Biglia from the end of 1700 to 1800. Saronno during these centuries alternated between splendors and miseries.

Worthy of note are the pillages endured from the army of the Lanzichenecchi, the plague epidemic in 1576 and also another plage more serious for the consequences in 1629, which was cited by Manzoni in his famous novel ' I Promessi Sposi' (the promised spouses), and which exterminated more than 1500 persons. (The plague nd not Manzoni's book)

At beginning of the 1700 Saronno was conquered by the Austrians, a domination that was interrupted for a few years by the Napoleonic invasion, but in 1827 tragedy it was once again in ambush and the city was again put to it's knees by a violent fire, that destroyed the entire quarter of Saint Cristoforo leaving thousands of Saronnesi homeless.

Mid 19th century Saronno counted little more than 5000 inhabitants and the economy, mainly handicraft and agricultural, slowly began to flourish.

factory in Saronno

In 1879 the first industries come to being:
biscuit maker Lazzaroni, Parma safes, the Torley, the Poss, the Cemsa-Caproni, the De Angeli-Frua, the Isotta Fraschini then who became Breda, the Warm Morning, the Banfi & Canti, the Molino Biffi, the Molino Canti and many others.

The most important development though was the railway line of the present day Ferrovie dello Nord (Northern Railways) which connect Saronno to Milan and then to Como and Varese.

SAronno square

Saronno, in 1927, after the first world war, passed from being a province of Milan under the province of Varese and in 1960 it obtained the title of city of equal parity of commercial and demographical development.

Saronno town offices

Today Saronno is a highly ambited residential and business town, as it is 20 minutes by frequent trains from the center of Milan, is surrounded by motorways that lead to Milan, Varese and Switzerland, which is perfect for commuter employment in for example Milan.

Life in Saronno is still a little more quieter and calmer than it is in Milan or other larger Italian cities and the Saronnesi are friendly people.

 

Directly from Saronno, the Apls or rather the Pre-Alps (Prealpi) can be seen


 

 

More Saronno useful numbers and addresses:

Chemists:

Comune Di Saronno
21047 Saronno (VA) - 8, VIA ROSSELLI
tel: 02 9600755

Farmacia Aceti
21047 Saronno (VA) - 111, CORSO ITALIA
tel: 02 9602269

Farmacia Al Santuario Dott. Fabio Zavattaro Ardizzi
21047 Saronno (VA) - 25, VIA GIULIANI PADRE REGINALDO
tel: 02 9600192

Farmacia Comunale N.2 Farmacia Comunale N.2
21047 Saronno (VA) - 33, VIA MANZONI ALESSANDRO
tel: 02 9622159

Farmacia Dr. Prioschi Pancrazio
21047 Saronno (VA) - 46/A, VIA VARESE
tel: 02 9625373

Farmacia Forni Dr. Franco
21047 Saronno (VA) - 17, CORSO ITALIA
tel: 02 9602243

Farmacia Nuova Lunghi Dr. A.
21047 Saronno (VA) - 24, PIAZZA UNITA' D'ITALIA
tel: 02 9602419

Farmacia S. Maria Fiocchi Dr. Falco
21047 Saronno (VA) - 26, VIA FRUA GIUSEPPE
tel: 02 9600081

Farmacia Taglioretti Dr. Mario
21047 Saronno (VA) - 6, VIA PORTICI
tel: 02 9602370

Saronno Servizi A.S.M.
21047 Saronno (VA) - 19, VIA CATTANEO GIOVANNI
tel: 02 9601576

Saronno Servizi Azienda Speciale Multifunzione
21047 Saronno (VA) - 2, VIA VALLETTA
tel: 02 96248909

Saronno Servizi Azienda Speciale Multifunzione Gestione Servizi Pubblici
Locali
21047 Saronno (VA) - 16, VIA ROMA
fax: 02 96248896

Saronno Servizi S.P.A.
21047 Saronno (VA) - 16, VIA ROMA
tel: 02 9628821

Saronno Servizi S.P.A.
21047 Saronno (VA) - VIA POLA
tel: 02 9624239

Saronno Servizi S.P.A. Farmacia
21047 Saronno (VA) - 33, VIA MANZONI ALESSANDRO
tel: 02 9603396

 

Saronno Banks:

Banca Antonveneta
Via Lanino 20 - 21047

Banca Commerciale Italiana
Punto Comit di Saronno
Vicolo del Caldo 36 Ang.Piazza De Gasperi - 21047

Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Barlassina (Mi) Scrl
Bcc Barlassina Filiale Saronno
Vicolo del Caldo 12
Via Legnanino Angolo Via Ferrari - 21047

Banca di Legnano S.P.A
Piazza De Gasperi, 26 - 21047

Banca di Roma Spa
Via Tommaso Grossi, 2 - 21047

Banca Intesa S.P.A
Cariplo - Saronno
Via Marconi, 14/e - 21047

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.P.A (MPS)
Filiale di Saronno
Via Volonterio, 13/B - 21047

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Spa (BNL)
Agenzia di Saronno
Via Varese 25 - 21047

Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria (BPCI)
Filiale 31
Piazza Borrella, 4 - 21047

Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria (BPCI)
Filiale di Saronno-San Giuseppe
Via S. Giuseppe 29 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Bergamo S.P.A
Saronno Sede
Via P. Micca, 10 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Bergamo S.P.A
Saronno Via Roma
Via Roma, 85 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Lodi
Via Roma 2 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Milano
Filiale 171
Piazza De Gasperi,13 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Milano
178 - Saronno - Agenzia N.1
Via Leonardo da Vinci - 21047

Banca Popolare di Milano
Agenzia N.388
Via Larga, 22 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata
Succursale di Saronno
Viale Rimembranze 21 - 21047

Banco di Brescia San Paolo Cab S.P.A
Filiale di Saronno
Via Garibaldi, 5 - 21047

Banco di Desio e della Brianza
Filiale di Saronno
Viale Rimembranze 42 - 21047

Bipop-Carire S.P.A
Filiale di Saronno
Piazza Unità d'Italia, 54 - 21047

Cariplo S.P.A
Via Marconi, 14 - 21047

Credito Emiliano Spa (Credem)
Via Volonterio 8 - 21047

Credito Valtellinese
Agenzia di Saronno
Via Marconi Angolo Via Garibaldi - 21047

Deutsche Bank Spa
Sportello di Saronno
Piazza Aviatori d'Italia, 8 - 21047

Sanpaolo Imi S.P.A
Sede di Saronno
Piazza Volontari del Sangue,7 - 21047

Sanpaolo Imi S.P.A
Saronno Filiale 1
Via Varese, 192 - 21047

Sanpaolo Imi S.P.A
Filiale Imprese Saronno
Piazza Volontari del Sangue 7 - 21047

Unicredit Banca d'Impresa S.P.A
Via Mazzini, 8 - 21047

Unicredit Banca Spa
Piazza della Libertà Ang. Via Mazzini e Via Leopardi - 21047

Unicredit Private Banking S.P.A
Via Mazzini, 8 - 21047

 

Santuari e
chiese
di Saronno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Miracles



On the 8th of May of 1498, the first stone for the construction of the Sanctuary was placed and was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Miracles.
This was exactly one year after the apparition of the Madonna to Pedretto Morandi who at the time was ill and immobilized in bed. One night he heard for three times repeated these words: "Pedretto, if you want to recover, go to the Varesina road, and build a temple where the simulacro of the Madonna is, the means for building it will not lack ...".
Pedretto recovered and disclosed everywhere the news of the occured miracle. And punctually the funds for the construction did not lack to build the Sanctuary that is amongst the most beautiful jewels of Italy.

 

The church of S. Antonio Abate
The small church of S. Antonio Abate (Anthony Abbot) at the time of the plague had a temporary construction annexed to it destined for the plague infected inhabitants - and was consecrated by Saint Charles.

Inside of the recently restored church (1966-1967) , are three niches placed on the wall.
In the apses of these there is one sculpture in marble of the Madonna and one statue of S. Ambrogio.

On the facade, little over the entrance, there is a mosaic that represents S.Antonio, placed during the restorations of the sixties.

 

The church of S. Francis
The church of S. Francis - also called the parochial Church of St. Peter, was rebuilt in 1297 with the annexed convent.
The foundation of this church is attributed to S. Antonio from Padova.
It is constituted from three main arches, one central with wooden ceiling, and wider than the other two on either side.
In 1931 it became part of the Italian national monuments. In it's twelve chapels, head, in the apse and the sacrestia, are conserved paintings of value.
On the outside of the Church there is a Roman plough (I-II cent b.c) with the epigrafe: "Quintus Cassius Mercator Deis Deabus".

 

The Prepositurale church of St. Peter and St. Paul.
The Prepositurale church of St. Peter and St. Paul was erected in the year 1783 after the demolishion of the older S. Maria and was ordanied by the prepositura in 1726.

Inside is the Holy Crucifix which before was situated in the demolished Church of S. Cristopher, worshiped by the saronnesi on the day of the Festivity of Saronno (or the Transport Holiday), on each fourth Sunday of October and carried in a procession during the afternoon through th streets of the city. In front of the altar of the Holy Crucifix there is the altar of the Immaculate one, with the statue of the Madonna from the Church of S. Francis (1700). In the small porticato there is a fresco of the saronnese painter Francisco De Rocchi of S. Cristopher (early 1900's). The Prepositurale has been widened in 1904.

 

The Church of Saint Giacomo



The Church of Saint Giacomo was built and donated by the saronnese partrician Ambrogio Legnani.
According to the will of the donor, it was dedicated to the Saints Ambrogio, Charles, Philip and Giacomo ( names of the Saints of the donor's siblings).

Designed and planned in 1578, it was completed in 1612. To the inside there are frescoes of Stefano Legnani Maria (of the same lineage of the founder), of the Milanese painter Santagostino and on the altar a 'pala', copy of the "1600's" of the Procaccini, with depictions of the Madonna with the Child, the Saints Giacomo and Ambrogio, and Carlo Borromeo surrounded by Angels.

 

 

Banca Antonveneta
Via Lanino 20 - 21047

Banca Commerciale Italiana
Punto Comit di Saronno
Vicolo del Caldo 36 Ang.Piazza De Gasperi - 21047

Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Barlassina (Mi) Scrl
Bcc Barlassina Filiale Saronno
Vicolo del Caldo 12
Via Legnanino Angolo Via Ferrari - 21047

Banca di Legnano S.P.A
Piazza De Gasperi, 26 - 21047

Banca di Roma Spa
Via Tommaso Grossi, 2 - 21047

Banca Intesa S.P.A
Cariplo - Saronno
Via Marconi, 14/e - 21047

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.P.A (MPS)
Filiale di Saronno
Via Volonterio, 13/B - 21047

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Spa (BNL)
Agenzia di Saronno
Via Varese 25 - 21047

Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria (BPCI)
Filiale 31
Piazza Borrella, 4 - 21047

Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria (BPCI)
Filiale di Saronno-San Giuseppe
Via S. Giuseppe 29 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Bergamo S.P.A
Saronno Sede
Via P. Micca, 10 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Bergamo S.P.A
Saronno Via Roma
Via Roma, 85 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Lodi
Via Roma 2 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Milano
Filiale 171
Piazza De Gasperi,13 - 21047


Banca Popolare di Milano
178 - Saronno - Agenzia N.1
Via Leonardo da Vinci - 21047

Banca Popolare di Milano
Agenzia N.388
Via Larga, 22 - 21047

Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata
Succursale di Saronno
Viale Rimembranze 21 - 21047

Banco di Brescia San Paolo Cab S.P.A
Filiale di Saronno
Via Garibaldi, 5 - 21047

Banco di Desio e della Brianza
Filiale di Saronno
Viale Rimembranze 42 - 21047

Bipop-Carire S.P.A
Filiale di Saronno
Piazza Unità d'Italia, 54 - 21047

Cariplo S.P.A
Via Marconi, 14 - 21047

Credito Emiliano Spa (Credem)
Via Volonterio 8 - 21047

Credito Valtellinese
Agenzia di Saronno
Via Marconi Angolo Via Garibaldi - 21047

Deutsche Bank Spa
Sportello di Saronno
Piazza Aviatori d'Italia, 8 - 21047

Sanpaolo Imi S.P.A
Sede di Saronno
Piazza Volontari del Sangue,7 - 21047

Sanpaolo Imi S.P.A
Saronno Filiale 1
Via Varese, 192 - 21047

Sanpaolo Imi S.P.A
Filiale Imprese Saronno
Piazza Volontari del Sangue 7 - 21047

Unicredit Banca d'Impresa S.P.A
Via Mazzini, 8 - 21047

Unicredit Banca Spa
Piazza della Libertà Ang. Via Mazzini e Via Leopardi - 21047

Unicredit Private Banking S.P.A
Via Mazzini, 8 - 21047

 

 

Monumenti
di Saronno

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edifici di particolare interesse a Saronno

 

 

 

The Monument to the Fallen of the Resistance
The Monument to the Fallen of the Resistance, fruit of a competition between various artists, was inaugurated in 1968. It is the result of cooperation of two modern artists: the architect Giorgio Grando and the sculptor Virgilio Cimnaghi.

The monument represents the spilling of blood for the Nation and is made up of simple and linear construction and represents the immolation of the saronnesi, engages in the "Resistance" and therefore in the war of "Liberation".

 

The Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi
The Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi represents a bronze semirelief of Giuseppe Garibaldi and was made by the Milan sculptor Metello Motelli, placed on the facade of the house of the Zerbi ownership.
The inauguration of the monument occured on 14 October 1883, while the unveiling of the commemorative plate dedicated to the Hero of the two worlds took place the 7th July 1907 in occasion of the first Centennial anniversary of Garibaldi's birth.

 

The Monument to the Riconoscenza ( Gratitude )
The Monument to the Riconoscenza (Recognition, Appreciation, Gratitude) was erected in Saronno in 1830, following the fire which engulfer the town on 18 March of 1827, in the quarter of S. Cristoforo.

A huge showing of solidarity above all from part of the Milanese helped rebuild the town part that burned down to the which Saronno expressed its gratefulness in errecting this monument.

In year 1924 the monument was moved from the main Saronno square to the square of Riconoscenza, in the old quarter of S. Cristoforo, place where the fire disaster occured.

 

The Monument of the Fallen
The Monument of the Fallen is the result of a competition won in 1922 by the sculptor Libero Andreotti.

Three years later it was also built thanks to the wish of a Committee constituted from representatives of saronnesi veterans.

The monument is made from a stone base where two bronze images represent the departure and the death of the soldiers.

Over the base there is a bronze group representing the Mother Nation that stretches an arc to the defense from the enemy, while on its base lie the remains of a young fallen soldier.

On the monument is written: "To memory of the Saronnesi that for the mother Italy, left their Mothers ".

 

The Visconti palace
The Visconti palace of 15th Century origin, after several ownerships passed to Giuseppe Morandi, who in mid 1800's made it into a college.

Towards the end of that century the local municipality became the new owner and located the Town hall inside the palace. From 1985 the Visconti Palace awaits renewal. The structure is embellished by some granite columns by Baveno and some ceilings of the Palace are embellished by beautiful frescoes attributed to the painter Giovanni Antonio Cucchi.


The Morandi House

The Morandi House has its origins towards the end of the 1500's under the name of "Tavern of the Angel" as place of refreshment for the pilgrims to the close by Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin.
The building was also called "Morandi House" from the name of the Masters of the Post who manged the structure. The Communal Administration, with the restructuring of the Morandi House in 1990, had the intent to save the ancient food cooler room (the present day named Nevera hall), also gained the premises of the Civic Library and the Polifunctional hall.

 

The Canonical House - Zerbi
The Canonical House - Zerbi was built in the year 1708 and is situated in the Via Marconi street, with a lateral entrance from Via Cesati.

In the thirties it was acquired by Gaetano Gianetti who, left it to his wife Maria in inheritance.

Restructured in the seventies, the building currently houses the subcomitee of the C.R.I., (Italian Red Cross) the Elderly Association, a Doctor's surgery, the AIDO, the AVIS and other groups and associations of the City of Saronno. Moreover it also houses the Saronno Museum of ceramics.

 

The Gianetti Villa
The Gianetti Villa was built between 1919 and 1920 by the Gianetti family according to plans by the Milan architect Domenico Verga.

The house belongs to splendid Lombardic Rinascimento style and conserves splendid graffiti, decorations and tapestries of some artistic value.
Also a collonade and a patio.

At the enrance there is a reproduction of the Madonna of the Lippi painted by the Lombardic painters Bonatti and Chiesa. The Villa was donated from the Gianetti Family to the Municipality of Saronno in year 1923 to be destined as a Municipal House.

 

The Koelliker Villa
The Koelliker Villa took its name from one Swiss family, owners of the piece of real estate until the year 1952.

It is a partician villa from the 18 th century with a combination of housing for peasant farmers who cultivated the so-called 'lands of the masters'.

On the 20th November of 1952, after having been acquired by the Gianetti Family, the villa was dedicated to the memory of Giulio Gianetti, who died prematurely, and was destined to becoming a House of Rest for the elderly

 

Historical market of Saronno
The Saronno historical center market, is organized by the comunal administration of Saronno, with supervision from the municipal police,

This small market takes place every last Sunday of the month in the streets of the center and offers stalls of every type that go from the objects of handicraft to small antiques. A mixture between past and present.

 

The Main Saronno Market
The main market belongs amongst the most consolidated traditions of Saronno and the Saronnesi and is part of the history of the city with its roots in the Middle Ages.

For its notoriety it has widely exceeded the borders of Lombardy. In the seventies the market stopped being held on Saturdays, and after an infinite series of disputes concerning the choice to adopt on where to hold the market, the stalls were transfered from the center of Saronno to the north-west of the city.

Sagra di Sant'Antonio
The Festival or Fair of Sant Antonio is carried out in via Sabotino the 17 of January and counts approximately 70 exhibitors of handicraft objects that go from the production of toys to induments and other products.

 

 

 

Post Offices:

Poste Italiane Spa
Saronno
Via Varese 130 - 21047

Poste Italiane Spa
Saronno Succ. 1
Via Manzoni 1 - 21047

 

 

 

Useful links with information on or about the town of Saronno

 

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Official government town hall site of Saronno
Webite of the Comune di Saronno

Train timetables of the Northern Italian Railways
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Saronno - Milan, Como and Vares

Saronno Footbal Club
Official website of the Saronno football team

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