Crespi D’Adda

The best-preserved company town in Southern Europe

Crespi D’Adda

Crespi d’Adda is a picturesque village built by the Crespi Family in the 1800s and 1900s for the employees (and their families) of the textile factory that stands right next to the village. Crespi d’Adda –described as an “exceptional example of the company town phenomenon, the most complete and best-preserved in Southern Europe”– received a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. The village is the perfect model of an architectural complex that illustrates a rather significant historical period: the birth of Italy’s modern industry. Moreover, the village has been well kept, and to this day it still bears its original urban and architectural aspects. The site is part of a set of UNESCO sites in the Lombardy region.

Within TExTOUR, Crespi D’Adda aims at:

  • Increasing the visibility of the site and improving the experience for tourists
  • Stimulating the local economy and tourism, through the production and marketing of new services
  • Preserving the industrial and cultural landscape
  • Raising people’s awareness of the cultural landscape initiative
  • Establishing an integrated management with the other UNESCO sites in the Lombardy Region


Cover photo credit: Associazione Crespi D’adda – Photographer Walter Carrera


Eight diverse and complementary “cultural tourism” areas will allow us to test a wide range of scenarios: inland and coastal, rural and urban, and remote.