Bibbona

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Bibbona
Comune
Comune di Bibbona
Fort of Bibbona.
Fort of Bibbona.
Bibbona is located in Italy
Bibbona
Bibbona
Location of Bibbona in Italy
Coordinates: 43°16′N 10°36′E / 43.267°N 10.600°E / 43.267; 10.600Coordinates: 43°16′N 10°36′E / 43.267°N 10.600°E / 43.267; 10.600
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province Livorno (LI)
Frazioni La California, Marina di Bibbona
Government
 • Mayor Fiorella Marini
Area
 • Total 65.6 km2 (25.3 sq mi)
Elevation 80 m (260 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 3,211
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym Bibbonesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 57020
Dialing code 0586
Patron saint St. Bartholomew
Saint day January 13
Website Official website

Bibbona is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Livorno in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Florence and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast of Livorno in the Val di Cecina.

Main sights[edit]

  • Romanesque Pieve di Sant'Ilario (founded in the 11th century).
  • Palazzo del Comune Vecchio, also medieval.
  • Fort of Bibbone, built by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany in the 18th century.

History[edit]

The town's hilly location allowed for natural defenses, and strong fortifications are known to have existed by the early middle ages. The area is known to have been settled earlier during the Etruscan period based on tombs and archeological finds, and settlement continued into the Roman period.

In the early middle ages, the town and fortifications were in the possession of the Gherardesca family, and their holdings were confirmed by Pope Innocent III in the 12th century. Thereafter, ownership transferred to the free towns of Volterra, Pisa, and eventually Florence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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