Province of Lodi, Italy
Situated on the right bank of the Adda River in North Italy, Lodi is a province under the jurisdiction of Lombardy Region, with an area 782 km2 and a population of 227,000. Only 30 km north of Milan, Lodi had become a settlement in the 5th century BC. It was destroyed in the 12th century and rebuilt by Frederick I of Barbarossa. On May 10, 1976, Napoleon defeated the troops of Austria in the Battle of Lodi, getting Lombardy under his control.
Agriculture and animal husbandry are traditional industries in the province. The area of average farms here is generally 35 hectares or more. Compared with neighboring areas, Lodi has obvious advantages as one of Italy’s most important agricultural and farming centers, and an important livestock husbandry region in Europe. Padano Technology Park is situated on the outskirts of the Lodi city. As an international center of genetic research in food, the Park has seen many breakthroughs and innovations in the agricultural food sector. Livestock production value accounts for 49% of Lodi’s agriculture production, with a livestock number three times of its neighboring areas. Developed agriculture and animal husbandry led to the development of food industries, such as feed, meat and dairy products and bread processing.
Lodi boasts rich tourism resources, convenient transportation and good environmental quality ranking 13th among all the 103 provinces in Italy. From March to October every year, a large number of tourists flock to the idyllic resorts of the province for sightseeing and leisure. The most famous buildings here include the Romanesque cathedral built in the 12th century and the Chapel of the Incoronata. The area is also famous for the time-honored Lodi ceramics industry which dates back to the 18th century. The ceramics producing technique reached the highest point in the first half of the 19th century, in terms of firing techniques, as well as innovation and sophistication of its single-color and multi-color decoration.
Since Yunnan and Lodi officially became friendship provinces on June 8, 2002, the two sides have seen substantive results in various fields and frequent exchanges of high-level visits. In September 2012, a cultural delegation led by Mr. Gao Feng, Vice Governor of Yunnan Province visited Lodi, and signed an MOU on his meeting with the leading officials of Lodi, determining their future cooperation in heritage protection, art exhibition, academic exchanges, personnel training and food safety.