In the mid-1800’s, SAMARATE was marked by the birth of a mercantile and industrial business community dedicated in particular to textiles and cotton spinning. Between the second half of the nineteenth century and the start of the twentieth, the town was the scene of two major social phenomena: emigration to America of citizens seeking better living conditions and diffusion first of all of the textile and then of the mechanical industry. The Fascist period was marked by the construction of public works including the Town Hall in 1936, the heliotherapy colony, the gym, the seat of the Opera Nazionale Balilla and many roads. Economic development was influenced by immigration from the Veneto area and the South of Italy which also stimulated population growth and construction. Craft industry is the most rapidly expanding sector of the town while the services sector tends to lag behind and agriculture is losing its importance.
The typical dish of Samarate is Pulenta, accompanied by bruscitt, i.e. pieces of meat chopped into a bean shape. Meat dishes also include Cazoeula, usually served on holidays. Connoisseurs of good wine and liqueurs can search the shelves of local osterie for “quai cos”, a liqueur invented and distilled by a small company of Samarate, Liquorificio Garbini, set up in 1922 by Leone Garbini. For some years now, regular appointments include the Librando book show and Lo schermo e la Luna, an outdoor film festival held in the summer, and Impazza la Piazza, evenings of shows and entertainment in Piazza Italia. The October and agricultural festival is organized every third Sunday of the month of October, while a specific event is dedicated to mothers-in-law on the last Sunday of the same month. The Country Festival is held in April.
Giovanni Agusta flew his first airplane in 1907, deciding soon afterwards not only to produce but also to design and maintain aircraft. 1952 marked a turning point when the company decided to venture into the vertical flight sector signing an agreement with Bell to produce helicopters. In the 1990’s, the entry of Finmeccanica gave a boost to the company which started to operate within Agusta Westland with 9700 employees in Italy, Great Britain, Belgium and the USA. On July 11, 2008, Harley Davidson took over MV Agusta, engaged in the production of motorbikes and comprising the Cagiva brand, for 70 million euros, thereby expanding its business in Europe.
The Agusta Museum, inaugurated in 2002, houses hundreds of documents, photos, memorabilia, drawings, prototypes and models of airplanes, helicopters and motorcycles. In the Museum of Cascina Costa, visitors can admire the prototypes of some of the most epoch-making helicopter models such as the A105, the A109, the AB47, and the prototype of the single-seat A103 helicopter. Motor cycles on display include the original racing and touring MV Agusta, the Golfo di La Spezia Cup, won by Vincenzo Nencioni in 1946. Since 1994, an international rally has been held each year in mid-July during which it is possible to admire classic Agusta motorcycles.
|Mayor: Enrico Puricelli|
|Official website: www.comune.samarate.va.it|
|Town Hall: Via Vittorio Veneto, 40 Postal code 21017|
|Phone: 0331 221411|
|Surface area: Km2 15,98|