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Peschiera Borromeo

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Peschiera Borromeo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Milan in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 12km southeast of Milan. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 21,146 and an area of 23.5km2. It received the honorary title of city with a presidential decree on August 6, 1988.The municipality of Peschiera Borromeo contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Peschiera, Mirazzano, San Bovio, Bettola, Bellingera, Mezzate, Bellaria, Zelo, Foramagno, Canzo, and Linate.Peschiera Borromeo borders the following municipalities: Milan, Pioltello, Segrate, Rodano, Pantigliate, San Donato Milanese, Mediglia.HistoryThe land was owned by the House of Borromeo of San Miniato in the 14th century and possibly earlier. Peschiera Borromeo's main attraction is the Borromeo Castle, built in 1437 by Vitaliano Borromeo. The Borromei were, during the later years of the Ambrosian Republic, pro-Francesco Sforza, and housed him in the castle while he besieged Milan in 1450. In 1461 Sforza, now the Duke of Milan, made Filippo Borromeo the Conte di Peschiera.
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