Art and culture

Amongst a host of distinctive places, Gandino’s varied town plan features a remarkable number of holy buildings which dot the village’s outline and surround the greatest of these buildings: the Basilica dell’Assunta. In canonical jargon, these churches are referred to as subsidiaries and were built in different periods between the…
The name “del Suffragio” (of Suffrage) with which all Gandino inhabitants refer to this church is connected to the presence of the altar for the deceased and the worship of the Addolorata (Our Lady of Sorrow), however in reality the church (which in found at the end of the Basilica…
The convent stands in Ruviali community (ad Ruviales) and today is the site of a nursing home, was built in the last thirty years of the 15th century for minor friars observing the Rule of Saint Francis. Due to generous donations from private persons and certainly no less generous support…
The “Giardino del Mais” is the site of a life-sized reproduction of one of seventeen monolithic stones belonging to the pre-Columbian Olmec civilisation, preserved at the Museo de la Venta de Villahermosa in Mexico. The original cast was authorised by the Mexican government in 1992 on the fifth centenary of…
The town plan of the historic urban settlement of Gandino is medieval, despite the fact the majority of its buildings were built subsequently. Its winding streets, once interrupted by internal doorways and the open spaces of squares dominated by important monuments, have shaped this town significantly. In one of these…
The Scarlatti Dye-Works in Prat Serval today is a small farmstead at the beginning of the road towards Valpiana. It was once appointed to creating the highly prized “Gandino scarlet” dye, a vivid red which also intrigued Garibaldi. The red shirts of the Thousand, departing from Quarto in 1860, were…
The Ciodera Torri is probably the last industrial building of its kind still in existence in Italy. It was used until a few decades ago for hanging and drying woollen baize cloths of which Gandino was a thriving manufacturer from 1400 onward. It was restored for exhibition and educational purposes…
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