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Monza/ Must See

1 Villa Reale
2 Parco di Monza
3 Autodromo Nazionale Monza
4 Duomo di Monza
5 Musei Civici di Monza
6 Arengario
7 San Maurizio and Santa Margherita
8 Bridges on the Lambro River
9 Santa Maria delle Grazie
10 Cappella Espiatoria

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Aldo Baglio is better known as Aldo, inseparable third rib of the trio Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo since 1992. First appearance on “Su la testa!”, the TV programme devised and presented by Paolo Rossi on Rai 3. The trio’s first major television success was “Mai dire Gol”, the famous programme featuring the Gialappa’s Band, in 1994. In 1997 they made their big screen debut with “Three men and a leg”, nominated for a David di Donatello award as Best Debut Film. The rest is history. Born in Palermo, since this year Aldo has also been Cult City Ambassador of Monza, the city where he has chosen to live: “A city a misura ‘DUOMO’”.

 

I LIKE MONZA BECAUSE
It is a city you can get round on bicycle or on foot, a town where you can stay relaxed. People-friendly or a misura d’uomo as we would say. But perhaps a misura DUOMO would be more apt: Monza’s ‘Duomo’, its cathedral, is older than the Milan Duomo. This is something I remind Giovanni and Giacomo about quite often.

A MASTERPIECE NOT TO BE MISSED
I find the Arengario, the medieval municipal building, very intriguing. It’s true that it copied the Broletto in Milan but they copied it so well that when it burned down, in the 14th century, many Monzesi committed suicide in their grief. Yet it was a building of power: municipal decrees were read out from the little balcony called the “parlera”, as were the names of those convicted of crimes.

A SECRET PLACE
Via Bergamo, with its osterie, bistros and, some Sundays, its second-hand market stalls… As we always have to compare ourselves with Milan, in Monza we say that Via Bergamo is our Brera.

THE MUSEUM I’D VISIT 1.000 TIMES
The Duomo museum. Fourteen centuries of history. The real showpiece is the iron crown: it’s amazing to think that it was used to crown Charlemagne, Frederick I, Charles V and Napoleon. Napoleon was quite consistent in the way he stole our treasures: when they put it on his head he said: “God gave it to me, woe betide those who take it away from me”. In Monza parlance I would reply: “Hey mate! Get your hands off, that’s ours”.

AN INSTAGRAMMER’S DREAM
San Gerardino bridge with its wine bar. If Via Bergamo is our Brera, this is our Venice.

A WALK WITH FRIENDS
Easy: to Monza Park. It is the biggest walled park in Europe. I have always loved walking round it till I get lost. I’m so scatterbrained that I once lost my children when they were kids. My wife and I went through 2 and-a-half hours of hell until we finally found them at the Cascina del Sole building.

WHERE TO CAPTURE THE SUNSET
It seems obvious, but somewhere high up. From Monza you can see the entire mountain range of the Alps, from Resegone to Monte Rosa. The problem is that I live on the second floor and the furthest I can see is the guy who lives opposite me in his vest.

THE TASTIEST DISH
We Southern Italians prefer lighter dishes like stewed peppers, chick pea fritter sandwiches, stigghiole… So – “consecutio gustum” -, when it comes to Monza’s cuisine I like risotto with luganega sausage and the pork and cabbage cassoeula… And to finish, boiled meats and ossobuco.

THE BEST PIAZZA FOR APERITIF
Piazza San Paolo, in the centre, at my friend Francesco’s San Paolo bar or at the nearby wine bar, Vin Allegro. It is a really pretty little square, cars used to pass through it but now it is pedestrianised and they hold food markets there. In the winter they erect an ice rink so people can skate. Never tried it, of course.

WHERE TO DISCOVER HISTORY
I’d say at Villa Reale. In 1900 they killed the King of Italy in front of it! It really is rich in history. To recap: Via Bergamo is our Brera, San Gerardino bridge is our Venice, Villa Reale is our Versailles or our Schonbrunn. There is also the River Lambro, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it is our Danube.

WHERE TO LOOK AT THE FUTURE
At Binario 7, an innovative theatre where they teach the art… of acting. Our actor Colina would tell us the exact number of pupils, over 600. During the Fascist period it was the headquarters of the Italian Youth of the Lictor, then it was a cinema, then a school…finally, for over ten years it has been this theatre, which has given Monza new energy.

AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED
The theatrical performances or concerts at the Villa Reale, a wonderful little theatre with just 120 seats, designed in the early 19th century by architect Luigi Canonica, pupil of Piermarini (my wife suggested this one).

A GIANT OF THE PAST
Dr. Paolo Mantegazza. A 19th century doctor and hygiene expert, as well as a great libertine, he invented sea tourism in Italy, launching a bathing establishment in Rimini with treatment rooms and games rooms. He spread the word that the seawater of Rimini had the same effect that Viagra has now and people rushed there in their hordes! Genius.

A SOUVENIR
As Monza was the hat capital at the start of the 20th century I’d say a nice hat. They are less popular nowadays but I always need one because of my thinning hair.

IF IT WERE A SONG
A hot jazz tune.

FOR A ONE-DAY TRIP
Montevecchia. It is in the province of Lecco but is the hill of the Monzesi. The town is lovely and the panorama, which you can enjoy from above, is wonderful; on clear days you can see all of Lombardy: when it is totally clear, even the Madonnina of Milan. But if I try hard enough, I can also see the sea of my Palermo.

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“The museum I’d visit 1.000 times? The Duomo museum. A journey through fourteen centuries of history”.
Aldo Baglio
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Villa Reale, Monza
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Santa Maria delle Grazie, Monza
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Bridges on the Lambro River, Monza
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San Maurizio and Santa Margherita, Monza
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Arengario, Monza
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Duomo di Monza
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