The Rile Tenore Olona Local Park, better known as RTO, and the Natural Monument "Gonfoliteand Forre dell'Olona" are located along the intermediate stretch of the Valle del Fiume Olona covering an area of over 2700 hectares of land at thefoot of the Varesine Prealps.
The Rile-Tenore-Olona Park takes its name from the 3 Torrents that cross a large part of its territory and is equipped with a pleasant cycle track that runsalong the streams.
PLIS RTO currently comprises 12 municipalities in the province. Surrounded by the Regional Parksof Pineta di Tradate and Appiano Gentile, Campo dei Fiori and Ticino, the PLIS Valle del Lanza, Medio Olona and Bosco del Rugareto, the RTO Park also houses avast patrimony, in addition to an important agricultural and forestry area Historical, cultural and monumental, contributing to forming a "greenlung" within one of the most urbanized areas of Lombardy.
Some assets you encounter along the way:
Torba Monastery, a Roman-Gothic-Longobard military post, later converted into a Benedictine monastery. Since 1977 it is a property of the Italian Environment Fund which has been restoring and has been open to the public since 1986. Torba's monumental complex today is composed of the Tower (V century), the church of S.Maria and the conventual places with a large arcade.
Church of San Michele, The oldest oratory north of Milan of Lombardy, or rather, Burgunda. The Burgundians had the right to sack on Milan in 521 AD. And then populated the Val Mesoncina and the Rhône valleys in France. In many aspects very similar to the church of S. Nazzaro, it is on a probable path of the old Pedemontana that from Malnate went to Castelseprio, then passing through Ticino forEporedia (The ancient Ivrea), towards France.
The Collegiata is on the highest hill of the village, on the site of the ancient Castiglione Castle, of which the ancient entrance portal is still visible. The museum complex includes the Church and the Baptistery, frescoed by Masolino da Panicale, a Florentine artist among the greatest mediators of the extraordinary era of transition from Gothic to Renaissance.
Palazzo Branda Castiglioni is a U-shaped building, composed of two distinct bodies, with itsfree side facing east and open on a large garden.
The first body was built in the fourteenth century, enlarged and embellished in the early decades of the 400th by the will of Cardinal Branda himself, it still retains precious Lombardy frescoes and works by Tuscan masters.