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Lodi, Lombardy

The town is situated on the right shore of the river Adda, with the historical centre rising on the Eghezzone hill, and is since 1992 the capital of its province.
In 1945, the Italian petrol company Agip, directed by Enrico Mattei, started extracting methane from its fields, and Lodi was the first Italian town with a regular domestic gas service. Today the town is at the heart of important communication routes, and is a technologically advanced industrial centre, maintaining however also its strong traditional ceramics tradition.

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  • Altitude: 87 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 42,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 26900
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0371
  • Patron Saint: Saint Bassiano (319-409) its first bishop, celebrated on January 19
  • Frazioni & Localities: Bottedo, Calvelzano, Comella, Fontana, Gissara, Isola Maggiore, Lodolina, Martinetta, Mozzanica, Olmo, Paderno, Pesalupo, Polledra, Portadore Alto, Riolo, San Grato, Tre Cascine, Vigadore.
  • GPS Coordinates: 45°19'N 9°30'E
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History - Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Founded by the Celts, in Roman times it was called Laus Pompeia (probably in honor of the consul Gnaeus Pompeius Strabo) and rose in a strategic position, where today is the town of Lodi Vecchio, at the crossing of vital Roman roads.

A free Comune around 1000, it fiercely resisted the Milanese, who destroyed it on April 24, 1158. Frederick Barbarossa re-built it on its current location. Starting from 1220, the inhabitants of Lodi spent decades in constructing a superb system of miles of artificial rivers and canals (called Consorzio di Muzza) in order to give water to the countryside, turning arid areas into one of the still main agricultural areas in Lombardy.

History - Modern Times

In 1454 representatives from all the regional states of Italy met in Lodi to sign the treaty known as the Peace of Lodi, by which they intended to work in the direction of Italian unification, but this peace lasted only 40 years. The town was then ruled by the Sforza family, and later was under France, Spain and Austria. In 1786 it became the capital of a province that included Crema. On May 10, 1796 the young general Napoleon Bonaparte won on the river Adda his first important battle, defeating the Austrians and later entering Milan. This is why in many French towns there are streets dedicated to the Lodi bridge.

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