Bovisio-masciago Travel Guide
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Bovisio-Masciago (Buis e Masciagh in dialect of Brianza), is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Monza and Brianza in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 15 km north of Milan.
Bovisio is quoted in medieval documents as Buixio, but more probably the ethimology of Bovisio proceeds from Bovo, the proper name for people from which the Latin form Buisium developed.
It could have a roman origin as the discovery of a small necropolis in via Comasinella in 1935 may demonstrate. In the necropolis were founded a tomb which contained an urn with burnt bones and near it different objects (bronze coins, an ancient clay lamp, an iron ring, a small glass cruet, a piece of mirror made with a metallic alloy, a terracotta vase, a balm bowl, and other objects).
The name of Latin origin comes from bovis otium and seems to indicate an "oxen farm " of the roman epoch. The storiographer Giulini suggests that Bovisio was originated by the term buvìs o buìs which was the name given to certain donughts made with chestnut flour that were produced in our town.
The City of Bovisio Masciago is located in the Po Valley, the foothills of the nearby hills of Brianza. It is located a few kilometers from Milan (easily accessible thanks to the Northern Railways of Milan), Como, Saronno and Monza. The city is crossed from north to south by the River Seveso. Bovisio is one of the 16 municipalities of the Park and one of three common Groane Oasis LIPU (Italian League for Bird Protection) of Cesano Maderno.
One of the most important industries in Bovisio was that of the family Zari, whose activities date back to the first 1867. The company produced wooden floors and furniture and sewing machines. During the first World War, Zari industry turned into a war industry producing wooden casings for aircraft. After the war, the Zari factories resumed normal work in a time and, to the primitive activities, alongside that of the manufacture of pianos.