Casciana Terme

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Casciana Terme
Comune
Comune di Casciana Terme
Panorama of Casciana Terme
Panorama of Casciana Terme
Casciana Terme is located in Italy
Casciana Terme
Casciana Terme
Location of Casciana Terme in Italy
Coordinates: 43°31′41″N 10°37′9″E / 43.52806°N 10.61917°E / 43.52806; 10.61917Coordinates: 43°31′41″N 10°37′9″E / 43.52806°N 10.61917°E / 43.52806; 10.61917
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province Pisa (PI)
Frazioni Parlascio, Ceppato, Sant'Ermo, Collemontanino
Area
 • Total 36.42 km2 (14.06 sq mi)
Elevation 125 m (410 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 3,696
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Demonym Cascianesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 56034
Dialing code 0587
Patron saint Santa Croce
Saint day 3 May
Website Official website

Casciana Terme (Latin Castrum ad Aquas, Balneum ad Aquas) is a town of 3696 inhabitants in the province of Pisa. It was formed from what was, until 1927, the southern part of the municipality of Lari.

The name Casciana derives from the Latin name of Cassius, with the meaning of "Cassio’s Land”, but the location is first mentioned by the name of Acqui at the end of the 9th century, with reference to the thermal characteristics of the place. The village was called Bagni di Casciana, referring to the center of Casciana, until 1956 when it assumed its present name.

Attractions[edit]

Spas[edit]

The village is best known for the thermal plant which receives a constant flow of lime-sulfur water at 37 °C (99 °F). It is said that the thermal water was discovered by the Countess Matilda of Canossa. She had a rather old and sickly blackbird, which had grayish feathers from age. One day the countess noticed that the blackbird was moving better and his feathers were becoming, once again, an intense black color and his beak was returning to a bright yellow color. She followed the blackbird during its daily morning outings, and discovered that the blackbird would land and dip his legs in a strange "steaming water." The countess wished to try the miraculous waters, and it took very little time for the benefits to be apparent. She then decided to build several baths, which were the first beginnings of the thermal plants that we see today. Up until 1927, the baths were the property of the municipality of Lari.

Churches[edit]

Fortifications[edit]

  • Castle of Gello Mattaccino
  • Castle of Parlascio

Culture[edit]

The patron feast is held May 3 in honor of the Holy Crucifix.

Other festivals include:

  • Village carnival
  • Casciana in Flowers (competition of flowered balconies)
  • the feast of San Genesio (a children’s feast followed by the launching of balloons with messages of peace)
  • “Via del arco"(paintings exhibition)
  • The Living Nativity (the Saturday before Christmas)

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)

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