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Induno Olona


Located at the beginning of the Valceresio and the Valganna, at the feet of Mount Monarco, Induno Olona is characterized by a typical pre-Alpine landscape, but its proximity to Varese, makes it a center linked to the industrial production of the provincial capital. According to some historians the town's name derives the Celtic word "Dunum" (fortified place), while according to others, from the Latin "in dunis" (the dunes). The first settlement was founded around 450 B.C. by some populations of Gallic origin. In the first century B.C. it was occupied by the Romans, as evidenced by the finds unearthed in the district of Pezza. In the IX century Induno was is aggregated to the Lombards of Castel Seprio, whilst in later centuries it belonged to the Parish of Arcisate and to the Church of Milan.

Not to miss:
- the XVI century Castle Medici of Frascarolo, built on the slopes of Mount Monarco, dominating the entrances of Valceresio and of Valganna. It was the residence of Margherita de 'Medici, sister of Pius IX and the mother of St. Charles Borromeo, and has hosted over the centuries various artists such as Giancarlo Doninzetti;
- the Poretti brewery establishment, built in the early XIII century in Art Nouveau style, is an important example of industrial archeology;
- the Shrine of Our Lady of San Bernardino, built on the ruins of a XVI century chapel;
- the Parish of St. John the Baptist, which preserves 15 paintings in oil on copper from the school of Morazzone, that represent the Mysteries of the Rosary;
- the Church of San Pietro in Silvis, dating from the XI century, is one of the oldest churches of Valceresio;
- the Church of the Three Holy Kings, in Baroque style, in which are preserved the relics of the Holy Kings, previously retained in the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio in Milan;
- the Museum of Nature of Valceresio which contains exhibits of mineralogy and paleontology.


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