Desio (Brianzoeu: Des) is a town and comune in the Province of Monza and Brianza, Italy.

Des  (Lombard)
Città di Desio
Villa Tittoni Traversi
Villa Tittoni Traversi
Coat of arms of Desio
Location of Desio
Desio is located in Italy
Location of Desio in Italy
Desio is located in Lombardy
Desio (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45°37′N 09°13′E / 45.617°N 9.217°E / 45.617; 9.217
ProvinceMonza and Brianza (MB)
FrazioniSan Carlo, San Giorgio, San Giuseppe
 • MayorSimone Gargiulo (since October 18, 2021) (Civic list)
 • Total14 km2 (5 sq mi)
196 m (643 ft)
 (30 November 2017)[2]
 • Total41,960
 • Density3,000/km2 (7,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0362
Patron saintMadonna del Rosario
Saint dayFirst Sunday in October
WebsiteOfficial website


In 1277 it was the location of the battle between the Visconti and della Torre families for the rule of Milan. On 24 February 1924, Desio received the honorary title of city with a royal decree.

In 1944 the opera singer Giuseppina Finzi-Magrini was killed in an American air raid on Desio.

The town is known for being Pius XI’s birthplace, information which the road sign on Desio’s border recalls. In the centre, more precisely in Via Pio XI 4, tourists and citizens can visit the Pope’s house every Sunday.[3] On November 20, 1998, it was instituted the International Studies and Documentation Center Pius XI, at the presence of Mgr. Maurizio Galli.[4] On 28 May 2022, Desio’s hospital was named after Pius XI to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pope’s election.[5]

Marco Sportiello, Atalanta B.C. goalkeeper, was also born in Desio.

Gabriele Oriali, former Inter‘s icon and 1982 FIFA World Cup winner with Italy, lives in Desio.

Main sightsEdit


Desio is served by Desio railway station.


Gruppo Sportivo Santi Pietro e Paolo, also referred to as S. Pietro e Paolo Desio, is one of the most famous football teams in Desio. Founded in October 2003, the Group started its activities in March 2004 becoming affiliated with the Centro Sportivo Italiano (CSI), the Entity for Sport Promotion acknowledged by the Italian National Olympic Committee and the Episcopal Conference of Italy.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Museo Papa Pio XI" (in Italian).
  4. ^ Fabrizio Pagani, Franco Cajani (2019). "Achille Ratti: cronologia 1857-1922" [Achille Ratti: a chronology (1857-1922)] (PDF). I Quaderni della Brianza (in Italian). Desio: Centro Internazionale di Studi e Documentazione Pio XI (185): V. OCLC 1225220129. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 26, 2021.
  5. ^ "Desio, l'ospedale intitolato a Papa Pio XI" (in Italian).
  6. ^ "Polo di Eccellenza - Desio". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
  7. ^ "Gruppo Sportivo Oratorio Ss. Pietro e Paolo" (in Italian).
  8. ^ "Attività sportiva" (in Italian).