Lodi lô´dē [key], city (1991 pop. 42,250), Lombardy, N Italy, on the Adda River, near Milan. It is an important dairy and light industrial center. The city is located near the site of ancient Laus Pompeia, which was destroyed by Milan in AD 1111. At Lodi on May 10, 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the Austrians after personally leading his troops across the bitterly contested bridge over the Adda. Of note in the city are the Romanesque cathedral (12th cent.) and the beautiful Renaissance-style Church of the Incoronata.

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