The history of the rural village of Gradella, in the municipality of Pandino, is closely linked to the Maggi family, a noble family from Brescia.
 
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Village of Gradella
Municipality of Pandino
Province of Cremona
Lombardy Region

Population: 9.015 (205 in the village)
Altitude centre: 85 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Municipality of Pandino
Via Castello 15 - Pandino (CR)
Tel. +39 0373 973300

The rural village of Gradella, in Lombardy, probably existed already starting from the VIII-IX sec. as garrison longobardo, but the first written reference in which appears the name of Gradella is of 1186, when Federico Barbarossa conceded in Milan various possessions, including Gradella and Pandino, Agnadello and revolt. The history of the village of Gradella is closely linked to the Maggi family, noble family from Brescia. In fact, starting from 1558 Onofrio Maggi, chancellor and captain of justice, began to buy land in the area of Gardella becoming in a short time the owner of the village where he commissioned also the villa. Jerome, descendant of Onofrio, obtained the investiture from part of King Charles II of Spain (under whose jurisdiction fell even the Duchy of Milan) of the feud of Gradella with the title of count. In the Thirties the property of Gradella step to Count Aymo Maggi, famous for being one of the creators and organizers of the Mille Miglia, who devoted a lot of attention to the village and its inhabitants making build schools, asylum, the aqueduct, the public baths and the sports field. In the course of the centuries the lords of Milan chose this small village for their residences of holidays, because he is surrounded by woods and therefore ideal for hunting.

The village of Gradella deserves a promenade made with calm, to enjoy the rural town, with the characteristic houses painted in yellow and profiled red bricks and the courts communicating. Wandering through the streets of Gradella, it is also possible to come across a group of deer, brought here from the last Countess Camilla Maggi, since these animals were one of his Passion. The main places of interest within the small village are Villa Maggi and the Parish Church dedicated to SS Trinity and S. Bassiano.

Near the village of Gradella, in the village of Pandino, is located one of the best preserved Visconti's Castle in Lombardy. Inside it is hosted a permanent exhibition entitled "Marius: Genius and Machine", dedicated to Marius Stroppa, polyhedral artist pandinese that was graph, illustrator, urbanist and inventor.

Typical Products
Dairy products, from cheese to butter in this corner of Lombardy are high quality, small dairies that produce products of excellence. The "panarone" is the typical cheese born in Pandino by taste agro bitterish. Also salami, mainly the Salame Nostrano are a specialty of the territory. The gastronomy sees the tortelli cremaschi as protagonists, a stuffed pasta prepared mainly with macaroons and the "Mostaccino", a spiced biscuit.

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Other destinations nearby

Crespi d'Adda
Crespi d'Adda
The workers' village of Crespi d'Adda, for the exceptional state of conservation of its historical and architectural heritage since 1995, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bergamo - 20.32 KM from Gradella
Strozza
Strozza
In Strozza, located on the eastern side of the Imagna Valley, you can still admire numerous buildings dating back to medieval times, including some fortified houses complete with a tower, but also very characteristic districts and rustic-style buildings.
Bergamo - 40.18 KM from Gradella
Costa Valle Imagna
Costa Valle Imagna
The village rises on the upper right side of the Imagna Valley, from Costa it is therefore possible to enjoy a wide panorama, in particular, turning your gaze to the north the eye falls on the imposing Mount Resegone.
Bergamo - 43.26 KM from Gradella
Sant'Omobono Terme
Sant'Omobono Terme
Sant'Omobono Terme, in the Imagna Valley, is characterized by the presence of sulphurous water spas which, combined with the tranquility of the area and clean air, make the place suitable for those who want to spend relaxing moments regenerating the body.
Bergamo - 44.24 KM from Gradella
Morimondo
Morimondo
"Under cross and plow" was the motto of the Cistercian monks, who founded the Morimondo Abbey on the banks of the river Ticino in the XII century.
Milano - 46.11 KM from Gradella
Corna Imagna
Corna Imagna
Corna Imagna is a small mountain village located at the foot of Mount Resegone.
Bergamo - 46.44 KM from Gradella

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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