- For other places called Lodi, see Lodi.
The commune has an area of 41,42 sq. km; population (2001) 40,805
It was a celtic village that in roman times was called in latin Laus Pompeia (probably in honor of the consul Gneus Pompeus Strabo) and was known also because its position allowed many Gauls of Gallia Cisalpina to obtain the roman citizenship. It was in an important position, on the crossing of vital roman roads.
Starting from 1220, the Lodigiani (inhabitants of Lodi) spent some decades in realising an important work of idraulic engineering: a system of miles and miles of artificial rivers and channels (called Consorzio di Muzza) was created in order to give water to the country, turning some arid areas into one of the (still now) most important agricultural areas of the region.
Lodi was ruled by the Visconti family, who built a castle.
In 1454 representatives from all the regional states of Italy met in Lodi to sign the treaty known as the peace of Lodi, by which they intended to work in the direction of an italian unification (but this peace lasted only 40 years).
On May 10, 1796: Battle of Lodi: the young Corsican general Napoleon Bonaparte won on the river Adda his first important battle, defeating Austrians and later entering Milan. This is why in many towns there are streets dedicated to the famous bridge (for instance in Paris 6th arrondissement, Rue du Pont de Lodi).