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Naviglio Martesana

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The Naviglio della Martesana, which was finally completed under the rule of Ludovico il Moro, flows from Trezzo sull’Adda to Milan with an overall length of 38 km. The route runs along the ancient Roman road (now the highway SS 11) which crossed the River Adda with two branches: at  Vaprio and at Cassano. For many years, the main function of the canal was for irrigation of lands situated above the water spring band, so much so that in the early days, navigation was limited to just two days a week; at the same time that it brought about improvements in the agricultural infrastructure, the villas of the nobility sprang up along the banks in the Baroque period, the owners taking advantage of the waterway to escape from the city and also keep an eye on their lands. The irrigation function of the Martesana was less important than that of the Naviglio Grande, but it certainly served as a demarcation point between the arid plain to the north and the irrigated lowland to the south.

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Year of birth: 1475

Navigable since: 1482

Length: 38 km

Land irrigated: 25,000 ha

Start: Trezzo sull’Adda

End: Milan

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Beni Monumentali

Mausoleum
Mausoleum Capriate San Gervasio
The VIllas
The VIllas Capriate San Gervasio
Cotton Mill
Cotton Mill Capriate San Gervasio
Crespi d’Adda Village
Crespi d’Adda Village Capriate San Gervasio
Church San Bernardo
Church San Bernardo Robecco sul Naviglio
Church of Santa Maria Nuova and Chapel of the Beata Vergine (Madonna del Pilastrello)
Church of Santa Maria Nuova and Chapel of the Beata Vergine (Madonna del Pilastrello) Vimodrone
Casa del Custode delle Acque
Casa del Custode delle Acque Vaprio d'Adda
Villa Castelbarco
Villa Castelbarco Vaprio d'Adda
Church of San Colombano
Church of San Colombano Vaprio d'Adda
Centrale Taccani power station
Centrale Taccani power station Trezzo sull'Adda
Villa Gina
Villa Gina Trezzo sull'Adda
Oratory of San Rocco
Oratory of San Rocco Trezzo sull'Adda
Church of San Gervasio e Protasio
Church of San Gervasio e Protasio Trezzo sull'Adda
Villa Rey
Villa Rey Inzago
Villa Facheris
Villa Facheris Inzago
Monasterolo di Inzago
Monasterolo di Inzago Inzago
Villa Visconti Castiglione Maineri
Villa Visconti Castiglione Maineri Cassinetta di Lugagnano
The Silk Mill
The Silk Mill Cologno Monzese
Church of San Michele Arcangelo
Church of San Michele Arcangelo Besate
Sanctuary of the  Beata Vergine Addolorata
Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine Addolorata Cernusco sul Naviglio
Linificio Canapificio Nazionale  Flax Mill  Hemp Mill
Linificio Canapificio Nazionale Flax Mill Hemp Mill Cassano d'Adda
Wooden wheel “El Rudun”
Wooden wheel “El Rudun” Cassano d'Adda
Villa Castiglioni
Villa Castiglioni Magenta
Conchetta
Conchetta Milano