First inhabitants

From the thirteenth century BC Valle Olona is inhabited by populations of Culture of Canegrate and then, starting from the fourth century BC, by the Celts Insubri. Of this period are the oldest artifacts found in the fraction of San Lorenzo.

Roman Period

Of this period are the oldest artifacts found in Parabiago center and S. Lorenzo. Parabiago become a thriving center of trade and commerce, also thanks to its location along the Olona and the axis road linking Milan to Angera. Reclamation and deforestation of large areas, the rapid development of agriculture.

High Middle Ages

The decline of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the Lombards determining the reduction of population, of trade and of cultivated areas for all the Middle Ages. The Christian faith is spreading in Parabiago between fourth and fifth centuries and, from the seventh century, Parabiago assumes an important role as capopieve.

Middle Ages and Renaissance

In 1257, was signed between the Nobles and the People the truce of Parabiago, while in 1339 is being fought the Battle of Parabiago. Agriculture has regained its footing, based on the cultivation of cereals, vines and, in the fifteenth century, the mulberry for breeding of silkworms. Lords of Parabiago are the auditors Crivelli.

Spanish domination

In 1625 was founded the Parish of Villastanza. In 1658 the Marquis Castelli acquires the Feud of Parabiago. Between 1576 and 1577 a terrible plague hits the Milan area and Parabiago.

Austrian domination

In the eighteenth century was founded the College Cavalleri, for the education of the of nobles of Milan and around Milan. In Parabiago works Joseph Maggiolini, master of inlay and renowned furniture maker who founded the first factory of Parabiago.

French domination

In 1798 is suppressed the order of Cistercian monks who until then had governed the convent and the church of S. Ambrogio.

The industry boom

In the nineteenth century spread mills and factories. Crisis of 'agriculture after the unification of Italy. The vine disappears almost completely. Growing industry. In 1860 is activated the railway linking Parabiago and Milan. In 1884 was inaugurated the Villoresi Canal. In 1899 was founded in Parabiago the first shoe factory.

First World War

During the First World War were killed 127 citizens of Parabiago, whose names are remembered on the plaque placed in the Chapel of the Cemetery.

The fascism

The twenties saw the affirmation of the fascist regime that has the dissolution of all democratic institutions, the suppression of press freedom and persecution of political opponents. Following the decline of the silk, the silkworm and almost all of the rows of mulberry trees disappear.

Second World War

The inhabitants of Parabiago who lose their lives during the Second World War are 65, 32 are missing. In memory of the fallen is erected a monument in the Cemetery.

The post-war period

After the war we are witnessing a general recovery not only economic and demographic trends, as well as civil and political. It starts the economic and population boom thanks to a strong immigration and, as a result, a growth of services offered. Construction of numerous public works.

The Eighties

In 1986 Parabiago is elevated to the rank of city. Since the eighties there is a reduction of the textile industry, mechanical and footwear. The agriculture sector becomes an increasingly marginal economy Parabiago. The population continues to increase.

The nineties and the new millennium

In 1994 it established the Roccolo Park. Increase population thanks to immigration from the hinterland of Milan and from non-European countries. In 2008, after years of development, has been recognized the Mill Park along the river Olona.

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