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Lodi Vecchio Roman roots

 lodi vecchioLodi Vecchio, Lauda Vetus, Laude, Laus Pompeia, Laus: all names for the same place.
From a small community of hunters at first, it became an agricultural village, it went under the Celts’ influence, then it became a roman municipium and, later on, a flourishing medieval town: it was destroyed and rebuilt as an industrious lombardic town in the fruitful country at the south of Milan.
The town is supposed to have been founded towards 500 b.C and, under the consulate of Gneo Pompeo Strabone it received the gift of the roman right and it was declared a Roman colony, adding the name of Pompeja to the existing Laus (Laus Pompeia).
On January 19th, 374, Sergio Bassiano (Ambrogio’s friend, bishop of Milan) was consacred bishop of Laus Pompeia, starting the Christian history of the town. Towards the end of 387, Bassiano founded the first Christian Basilica of the town dedicated to the XII Apostles, and he made it built on a neglected cemetery area in the green country, at the edge of the town, along the roman way to Piacenza.
The Basilica of San Bassiano is the only building of Laus Pompeia that, even if it was sacked, survived to the destructive fury of the Milanese people during april 1158, when they set all the buildings on fire not to leave anything up.
On august, 3rd 1158 the emperor Federico Barbarossa ordered to build the new town (Lodi) taking it under his particular protection. With the new Lodi and a new cathedral, the Basilica was despoiled of all its more precious properties, even the mortal remains of San Bassiano were moved to the new cathedral. Empty and abandoned, the Basilica of the XII Apostles degraded till going completely to ruin. Only in 1328 the new Basilica revived more imposing than ever, beautiful as it can be seen nowadays.

Lodi Vecchio major remains of historical monuments: the Basilica of San Bassiano, the Santa Maria square with the excavations of the roman Basilica (where the Capitolini Gods were adored), the area of the excavations of the roman amphitheatre.

puntinaPictures of the basilica of San Bassiano

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puntinaOur village

lodi vecchio mapOur village is big.
It’s surrounded by green fields and it is near the beautiful town of Lodi. It has 7.212 inhabitants and its surface is 16,02 square kilometres.
In the centre of the village there are the shops, the restaurants, 2 supermarkets, the St. Pietro church, the town hall, a prayer house, the cinema, the chemist, some surgeries, the library, the post office and 4 banks.

Near the centre there is the graveyard, two football courts, one tennis court, two nursery schools, a primary school and the junior school, the gymnasium and four parks. You can also find a swimming pool but it’s open only during summer.
Most of the buildings have two floors and there are many detached houses. In the suburbs there are many dairy farms and fields with mais, wheat and barley. In the industrial area, among various industries, there is one artisan laboratory that produces the tasty cake "tortionata".

Our place is very old. It was founded in 500 B.C. with the name Laus Vetus and was renamed Laus Pompeia when it became roman.
In 387 A.D. the bishop Bassiano founded the Christian Basilica dedicated to XII apostles, that is the only one building survived from that age.
After the invasion by the people from Milan and the hole destruction of the town, in 1158 A.D., Federico Barbarossa built the new town Lodi, five kilometres far, near the Adda river, and after 1328 A.D. some people built a new Laus Veteris, Lodi Vecchio (it means "old Lodi").
The most important historical monuments of Lodi Vecchio are: the basilica of St. Bassiano, Santa Maria square with the excavations of the roman Basilica and the area of the excavation of the roman period.

Lodi Vecchio is surrounded by many cycle-ways and the parks are spacious and equipped for the children that can play in the open air.
Many are the sports here you can attend to: swimming, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, martial arts, karate, psycomotricity, artistic gymnastic, physical training, and, for the adults, box, aerobic, yoga and dance.
Many are also the voluntary and cultural associations, a musical walking band too.
On Friday morning, in the main square, there is a market and on the first Sunday of every month , a flea market.

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