Parco delle Groane covers the most important and semi-natural area of the upper plain lying in Lombardy, precisely in the north-west of Milan. It is of particular interest in terms of geomorphology, pedagogy and vegetation. The origin of the Park dates back to the Quaternary period and the chemical and physical features of the soil have significantly influenced the type of vegetation that we can find today.
Forests and moorlands, dry areas and wetlands, pine and oak trees, poor and poorly fertile soils - in other times just good for making bricks, for military exercises and any other uncomfortable activity to be settled elsewhere such as powder and chemical industries - has however, not prevented the building of villas and rural villages, giving life to a difficult agriculture, but essential to territorial balance: in short, a mixture of modernity, culture, art, traditions, nature and innovation.
Parco delle Groane, today managed by a public authority, was established in 1976 by the Lombardy Region to protect a partly intact, partly highly industrialized territory. Its aim is to gradually buy the areas located within the perimeter of the park to equip some of them and make them available to citizens.