The grind of history

Sometimes broken pieces of ancient farms and equipment are left on the ground and used as decoration for public parks and gardens. These grindstones and columns can now be seen at one end of the public garden on via dei Giardini in Sesto San Giovanni. They are an interesting reminder of the agricoltural past of […]

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Casa Cotechini and the ice factory

When my family still only ha an icebox and no fridge, my grand-grandfather Abramo would weekly walk to the ice factory to purchase a large block of ice to help keep the family’s food fresh. Don’t get confused we are not talking about cotechino, the cooked salami that is a Christmas favorite. We are talking […]

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The scalped belltower

The belltower of the main church in Sesto San Giovanni has a squared off top which earned it the name el quadretton, “the big square one”. This rather unimpressive, squat church is Santo Stefano, the main church in Sesto San Giovanni. It is located at the center of the older part of the town, what […]

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