Photographer's Note

Taken last sunday on a beautiful spring day.

from a prevoius post:

''The first settlement in the area is documented in 1180-1190, during the construction work of the Naviglio Grande. Probably the country was born as a stable yard for excavation, and later evolved into a real village thanks to its strategic location due to its proximity to the waters of the Ticino and its rich forests, to the passage of the canal, to the fertile land and midway between the towns of Milan and Novara.

Boffalora Ticino has been the scene of many battles, including the one between Frederick II and the forces of Milan in 1245. Gian Galeazzo Visconti gave Boffalora the feud status in 1341. In 1396 the Visconti family incorporated part of the lands of the Feud to the properties managed by the monks of the Certosa di Pavia.

In 1451 the fief of Boffalora was assigned to Magistrate Extraordinary State of Milan.

The country's history is closely linked to ''Barchètt'', a service of river transport on the canal that connected the country to Milan. The service is first documented in 1645 and continued until the early twentieth century. 1700 saw the country at the center of numerous noble families of Milan, who established holiday residences. Today they survive two of these villas, Villa Giulini and Villa Calderari.

With the invasion of Napoleon in Italy, Boffalora found himself on the front of the clashes. Napoleon built a granite bridge (which still exists), making more rapid movement of troops. The bridge was the strategic focus of military operations of the General, and was a primary goal for all parties

In 1859 Boffalora took part to to battle of Magenta in which the French- Piedmont troops defeated Austrian forces.

During the Second World War, the stations on the Ticino returned to take their strategic place thanks to the bridge over the Ticino, key communications Italian-German, who survived the intense Allied bombing in 1943. The presence of the bridge and industries in the area brought a large deployment of German forces during the last phase of the conflict, protected inside the dense woods, until April 1945, the country was liberated by the Americans.

Today the population is 4109.''

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