Saturday, 24 November 2012

Crespi d'Adda

Crespi d'Adda in Capriate San Gervasio in Lombardy is an outstanding example of the 19th- and early 20th-century 'company towns' built in Europe and North America by enlightened industrialists to meet the workers' needs. The site is still remarkably intact and is partly used for industrial purposes, although changing economic and social conditions now threaten its survival -
Crespi d'Adda is an odd sort of place. Even though real people seem to actually live here, it was so quiet that it felt like we had stumbled on a ghost town. In fact, I think it would make a perfect setting for a Doctor Who episode.
Again, I doubt you'd have a reason to stop here unless you were specifically trying to tick off UNESCO sites, but it was still less disappointing than the Padua Botanical Garden!
[Flickr set here]

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