Bibbiena

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Bibbiena
Bibbliena
Comune
Comune di Bibbiena
Bibbiena - Panorama.jpg
Coat of arms of Bibbiena
Coat of arms
Bibbiena is located in Italy
Bibbiena
Bibbiena
Location of Bibbiena in Italy
Coordinates: 43°42′N 11°49′E / 43.700°N 11.817°E / 43.700; 11.817Coordinates: 43°42′N 11°49′E / 43.700°N 11.817°E / 43.700; 11.817
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province Arezzo (AR)
Frazioni Banzena, Bibbiena Stazione, Campi, Farneta, Marciano, Partina, Pian del ponte, Santa Maria del sasso, Serravalle, Soci, Terrossola
Government
 • Mayor Daniele Bernardini (since June 2009)
Area
 • Total 86 km2 (33 sq mi)
Elevation 425 m (1,394 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 12,574
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Demonym Bibbienesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 52011
Dialing code 0575
Patron saint Sant'Ippolito
Saint day August 13
Website Official website
For Cardinal Bernardo Bibbiena, see Bernardo Dovizi

Bibbiena is a town and comune in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany (Italy), the largest town in the valley of Casentino. It is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Florence, 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Arezzo, 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Siena, and 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the Sanctuary of La Verna.

The town is on top of a hill at an elevation of 425 metres (1,394 ft).

History[edit]

Bibbiena was originally an important Etruscan town that eventually evolved into a Medieval castle- portions of which, in the form of the "Torre dei Tarlati" and the "Porta dei Fabbri" still exist.

Main sights[edit]

  • Palazzo Mazzoleni
  • Palazzo Niccolini
  • Palazzo Dovizi, built by Cardinal Bernardo Dovizi, who is usually known as "Bibbiena", He was born in Bibbiena and served as secretary to Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici (later Pope Leo X).

The religious buildings include:

  • the church of San Lorenzo, famous for the glazed terracotta reliefs by the Della Robbia school
  • the Pieve di Sant’Ippolito (former chapel of the Tarlati Castle)
  • the Rococo Oratorio of San Francesco
  • the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Sasso, one of the most important Renaissance buildings in the Casentino area.

Culture[edit]

The town holds its yearly "Rievocazione della Mea" festival on the last Sunday of Carnival and Shrove Tuesday as well as a similar celebration in the summer with parades in historical costume and a show in the main square.

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