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Parco Lombardo della Valle del Ticino

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With its 91,410 hectares, 22,249 of which are a Parco Naturale or nature reserve, the Parco del Ticino is an area of rich biodiversity. The landscape is heavily conditioned by the river and its valley which constitute an environment of great importance and beauty. Alongside the river valley, the irrigation plain and the dry plain lies to the north, with the heathland and drumlins of the foothills stretching as far as Lake Maggiore and Comabbio.
The Parco del Ticino is one of the areas in the Po Valley that can boast a wide variety of animals, including certain species which have died out elsewhere. Mammals include fox, stoat, badger, skunk, weasel, as well as some deer and wild boar. Squirrel and dormouse, wild rabbit and hare are also fairly widespread in the woodlands.
There are 246 different species of birds in the Park: these include many species of waterfowl like the Egret, Purple heron, Grey heron, the Squacco Heron and the Black-crowned Night Heron. The woodlands are home to many Chaffinches, and Woodpeckers, including the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, which is quite rare in Lombardy. There are many diurnal and nocturnal predators like the Hobby, Harris Hawk, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Osprey. The river is teeming with fish: Carp, Pike, Perch, Common rudd, Three-spined stickleback, Grayling, Tench and Trout.

Via Isonzo 1 - Pontevecchio di Magenta

Parco Agricolo Sud Milano

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The Parco Agricolo Sud Milano is a metropolitan green area which forms a semicircle to the south of Milan. To the west it joins up with the Parco del Ticino, to the east with the Parco dell’Adda. It is characterised by the concentration of farms criss-crossed by a dense network of natural waterways and canals and farm tracks. Fields of maize alternate with water meadows, rows of trees mark field boundaries and the course of waterways. Over time this agricultural landscape has replaced a dense forest which was primarily composed of mixed oak woodland with black alder, poplar, willow, reeds and rushes in the wetlands.

Traces of this rich biodiversity survive in some of the natural areas of the Park (woods, natural springs) where the visitor may see mammals such as the dormouse, badger, weasel, fox, stoat, wild rabbit and hare. Wild birds include the grey heron, woodpecker, egret, cuckoo, great tit, common reed bunting, red-backed shrike, black-crowned night heron, great egret, purple heron, white stork, mallard duck, great crested grebe, little grebe, cormorant, seagull, common moorhen, coot, cattle egret, kingfisher and pigeon.
The Park preserves a delicate balance between farming and nature… and tradition. This symbiosis of natural, agricultural and cultural elements is given full expression in the rice paddy reserve Parco delle Risaie. Between the Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, this park is an agricultural oasis in the municipality of Milan and part of the Parco Agricolo Sud Milano. It conserves the heritage of the southern Milan hinterland with its system of waterways, irrigation ditches and paddy fields, the cultivation of rice being rooted in the area since the 15th century.

Parco Adda Nord

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The Parco Adda Nord is situated along the northern end of the area through which the River Adda flows, a landscape created by the retreat of the glaciers which during the Quaternary Period advanced from the Alps as far as the plains. This means that the park today is composed of a system of fluvio-glacial terraces. It includes the areas along the banks of the Adda as it crosses the high plain below Lake Como. Along this stretch, the river winds among natural inlets where the bedrock emerges (conglomerate banks), to make up a landscape which alternates stretches of dense woodland with more anthropized areas.

All that remains of the woodlands which until the last century covered much of the surrounding area are stands of black alder, plane tree, poplar, birch, willow and oak. There are also black poplar, black locust, white willow, black alder and English oak along the river banks north of Trezzo sull’Adda. Apart from the woods, vast areas are covered with species typical of deciduous woodland and undergrowth such as hornbeam, sweet chestnut, dogwood, hazel and black locust.

The marshlands are dotted with lovely aquatic flowers: delicate water-lilies, the wild yellow lily, lily-of-the-valley and many varieties of veronica. This environment is also the habitat of a wide variety of fauna. The amphibians include the European tree frog with its brilliant green colouring and black stripe down its side, the green frog and the common brown frog. There is also a wide variety of birds: swans, ducks, mallards, coots, hooded crow, seagulls and even the grey heron whose numbers are on the rise.

Via Benigno Calvi 3  - Trezzo sull'Adda

Golasecca Civilization

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This term is used to describe a particular proto-historical culture which arose in the Canton Ticino, Grisons and north-western area of the Italian peninsula between the Alps and the River Po, especially around the lakes of Verbania and Como, between the 9th and 4th centuries B.C. during the first Iron Age. The area around the point where the Ticino flows out of the lake features steep gravelly gullies and waterfalls which explain the place name “Golasecca” or dry gully. Protected by a ring of morenic hills it was dotted with villages big and small with landing stages for boat traffic and checkpoints at the points where goods were traded coming from the Mediterranean-Etruscan area headed for the Transalpine markets. Significant finds in the burial sites have made it possible to confirm that these inhabitants originated in incursions by Celtic tribes. The cremated remains of the dead were placed in graves often protected by elaborate stone structures. A study of numerous finds which have been systematically documented testifies that trade was more important than farming in the Golasecca culture, that the grape vine was already being cultivated, that crafts thrived and they had already developed the arts of spinning and weaving. They lived in huts of modest dimensions made from a framework of tree-trunks and walls made of mud and straw covered with branches woven together with twigs. Recent archaeological finds of inscriptions on stone and funerary pottery have shown that the alphabet was already known in the 7th century B.C. and trace it to a Lepontic language connected with Etruscan. The appearance in the 5th century of the centre of Milan, founded by Insubrians and located in a strategic position for various trade routes led to the decline of the Golasecca settlements on the banks of the Ticino.

località Golasecca - Sesto Calende