- Lodi, Italy
official_name = Comune di Lodi
img_coa = Lodi-Stemma.png
region = RegioneIT|sigla=LOM
province = ProvinciaIT (short form)|sigla=LO (LO)
mayor = Lorenzo Guerini (since
April 5, 2004)
elevation_m = 87
area_total_km2 = 41
population_as_of = 01-01-2007 (source ISTAT)
population_total = 42737
population_density_km2 = 1037,91
coordinates = coord|45|19|0|N|9|30|0|E|region:IT_type:city(42737)
gentilic = Lodigiani or Laudensi
telephone = 0371
postalcode = 26900
frazioni = See list
mapx = #expr:45 + 19 / 60.0
mapy = #expr:9 + 30 / 60.0
native_name = Lodi
name = Lodi
website = http://www.comune.lodi.it
Lodi was a Celtic village that in Roman times was called in
LatinLaus Pompeia (probably in honor of the consul Gnaeus Pompeius Strabo) and was known also because its position allowed many Gaulsof "Gallia Cisalpina" to obtain Roman citizenship. It was in an important position at the crossing of vital Roman roads.
It became a
Christian dioceseand its first bishop, Saint Bassianus(San Bassiano), (319-409), is the patron saint of the town (celebrated on January 19).
Starting from 1220, the "Lodigiani" (inhabitants of Lodi) spent some decades in realizing an important work of hydraulic engineering: a system of miles and miles of artificial rivers and channels (called "Consorzio di Muzza") was created in order to give water to the countryside, turning some arid areas into one of the (still now) most important agricultural areas of the region.
Lodi was ruled by the
Viscontifamily, who built a castle.
In 1454 representatives from all the regional states of Italy met in Lodi to sign the treaty known as the
peace of Lodi, by which they intended to work in the direction of Italian unification, but this peace lasted only 40 years.
The town was then ruled by the
Sforzafamily, France, Spain, Austria. In 1786 it became the eponymous capital of a province that included Crema.
10 May 1796, in the first major battle of his career as a general, the young Napoleon Bonapartedefeated the Austrians at the town's River Adda crossing before going on to enter Milan. It is in commemoration of this event – the Battle of Lodi– that there are streets named "Rue du Pont de Lodi" in so many French municipalities, including that in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.
Tiziano Zallifounded the Banca Popolare di Lodi, the first Italian cooperative bank (now part of Banco Popolaregroup).
In 1945, the Italian
petrolcompany Agip, directed by Enrico Mattei, started extracting methanefrom its fields, and Lodi was the first Italian town with a regular domestic gas service.
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