Castelfranco di Sotto

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Castelfranco di Sotto
Comune
Comune di Castelfranco di Sotto
Medieval tower.
Medieval tower.
Coat of arms of Castelfranco di Sotto
Coat of arms
Castelfranco di Sotto is located in Italy
Castelfranco di Sotto
Castelfranco di Sotto
Location of Castelfranco di Sotto in Italy
Coordinates: 43°42′N 10°45′E / 43.700°N 10.750°E / 43.700; 10.750
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province Pisa (PI)
Frazioni Orentano, Villa Campanile, Galleno (partly), Chimenti (partly), Staffoli (partly)
Government
 • Mayor Umberto Marvogli
Area
 • Total 48.4 km2 (18.7 sq mi)
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (31 October 2008[1])
 • Total 12,179
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 56022
Dialing code 0571
Patron saint San Severo
Saint day November 18
Website Official website

Castelfranco di Sotto is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pisa in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Florence and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of Pisa.

Castelfranco di Sotto borders the following municipalities: Altopascio, Bientina, Fucecchio, Montopoli in Val d'Arno, San Miniato, Santa Croce sull'Arno, Santa Maria a Monte.

History[edit]

Castelf is an ancient medieval village, whose name appeared for the first time in 1215. Tired of the battles fought in the area at the time between Florence, Lucca and Pisa, the population of nearby villages Vigesimo, Catiana, Paterno and Carpugnana decided to build here a defensive castle, named Castello di Franco, later changed to Castelfranco.

In 1966 Castelfranco was flooed by the river Arno.

Events[edit]

Every year in Castelfranco the Palio dei Barchini is held.

References[edit]

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

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