Arese (Lombard: Ares [aˈreːs]) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Milan in the Italian region Lombardy, about 12 kilometres (7 mi) northwest of Milan.

Città di Arese
Villa Ricotti.
Villa Ricotti.
Coat of arms of Arese
Location of Arese
Arese is located in Italy
Location of Arese in Italy
Arese is located in Lombardy
Arese (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45°33′N 9°4′E / 45.550°N 9.067°E / 45.550; 9.067
Metropolitan cityMilan (MI)
 • MayorMichela Palestra
 • Total6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
160 m (520 ft)
 (30 June 2015)[2]
 • Total19,235
 • Density3,000/km2 (7,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code02
Patron saintSs. Pietro e Paolo
WebsiteOfficial website

Arese borders the following municipalities: Lainate, Garbagnate Milanese, Bollate, Rho, Milan.

Arese was awarded the honorary title of city by presidential decree of 25 October 1985.

Of particular interest in the historical centre is the Church of St Peter and Paul.

Alfa RomeoEdit

The Technical Center of Alfa Romeo in 2011.

Starting in 1960 Arese hosted the main seat of Alfa Romeo, partly in the territories of Lainate and Garbagnate Milanese. After three years of building work the Alfa Romeo Arese Plant began vehicle production in 1963, which would continue for decades, becoming the biggest production facility for Alfa Romeo. The factory became known simply as 'Arese' since most of the industrial area and its main entrance were in this municipality. Following a gradual decrease in production the factory ceased manufacturing in 2005. Today the factory is almost totally closed and abandoned, since the Alfa Romeo owners (FIAT) have almost completely moved design and production to other factories in Italy and abroad. The few remaining employees (about 500) have often demonstrated against their dismissal. At the moment most of the factory buildings are abandoned and the local councils are looking for projects to use the huge area in a proper way, given its location. Arese and the factory are in fact very close to the most recent services in Milan, such as the high speed railway and the new exhibition centre FieraMilano.

Historical MuseumEdit

One of the few activities still in the old Alfa Romeo factories is the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, which is in a dedicated building of great architectural value. In early 2011 Fiat announced the closure of the museum for renovations after the Ministry for Cultural Activities had declared the building and the collection of national cultural interest at the request of the municipality of Arese. After four years the museum officially reopened in June 2015.

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Arese is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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