Opened in 1976, the Parco delle Groane is located in the vast forest area that occupies the high, Lombard plain to the north west of Milan. The plain has been saved from erosion by the Lura and Seveso torrents and is higher than the surrounding land. It is still heathland, in Milanese dialect 'groana', and is rich in heather and broom. The aridity of the clayey and iron rich soil has fortified the over 600 hectares of pines and forests, and only a small part of the land is cultivated. There are some old clay kilns here, as clay excavation was once a common practice here, and there are many noble villas, including Villa Valera in Arese. There are many educational and leisure activities organized in the park.
Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries
- Nearest Train: FNM Milano-Saronno