Cascina Basmetto continues rural traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. It is located within Milan’s Parco Agricolo Sud (Southern agricultural park), in the countryside, surrounded by fields of rice and corn. The farm has been run by the Papetti family since 1958. It is based on cereals production and livestock. The large building takes the form of an enclosed courtyard. The central building comprises the owners’ house, which is the tallest structure in the entire complex. It has a portico with a terrace above. On each side of this building, there are other structures including homes for farm workers, a large stable, and a series of spacious hay-barns. A rural construction that has remained intact, and one that is well worth seeing.
Anecdotes and curiosities
The earliest documentation regarding Cascina Basmetto dates back to the 15th century, when it belonged to the monastery of San Barnaba in Gratosoglio.
Not to lost
Farm visits are available, as well as educational tours, such as that dedicated to rice, “from sowing to harvest.”
Not far from the farm is the “Conca Fallata del Naviglio Pavese”, a shallow bowl on the Naviglio Pavese canal, where a series of locks designed by Leonardo da Vinci should have been built, but which in fact remained on paper. Today there is a power station in the same location.