Monte San Savino

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Monte San Savino
Comune
Città di Monte San Savino
Monte San Savino.jpg
Coat of arms of Monte San Savino
Coat of arms
Monte San Savino is located in Italy
Monte San Savino
Monte San Savino
Location of Monte San Savino in Italy
Coordinates: 43°20′N 11°44′E / 43.333°N 11.733°E / 43.333; 11.733
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province Arezzo (AR)
Frazioni Alberoro, Dreini, Gargonza, Montagnano, Palazzuolo, Verniana
Government
 • Mayor Commissar
Area
 • Total 89.61 km2 (34.60 sq mi)
Elevation 330 m (1,080 ft)
Population (30 June 2010)
 • Total 8,717
 • Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Demonym Savinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 52048
Dialing code 0575
Patron saint Saint Savinus
Saint day December 7
Website Official website

Monte San Savino is a town and comune in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany (Italy). It is located on the Essa stream in the Valdichiana. Several of its frazioni occupy higher hills, like Gargonza and its castle at 560 metres (1,840 ft) and Palazzuolo at an elevation of 600 metres (2,000 ft).

History[edit]

Monte San Savino was one of the first urban settlements in Tuscany, Italy. It originated around 1100, but a further century had to pass before Monte San Savino could be considered a centre of a certain social, political and cultural importance of Tuscany in those times.

Main sights[edit]

  • Palazzo di Monte
  • Logge dei Mercanti
  • Palazzo Pretorio
  • Cassero
  • Church of Santi Tiburzio and Susanna (13th century), at Gargonza, housing Tuscan Renaissance paintings.
  • Church of the misericordia (1175, rebuilt in 1749). Its organ is one of the most ancient in Italy.
  • Convent of Sant'Agostino (early 14th century, enlarged in the 16th century). It has a cloister from 1532. Both the church and the cloister were renovated by Andrea Sansovino (who was born here) in the early 16th century. The interior houses paintings by Spinello Aretino's school, by Paolo Schiavo and one Assumption by Giorgio Vasari.
  • Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Vertighe, rebuilt in the 16th century. It houses a fresco of the Virgin Enthroned with Child by Margaritone d'Arezzo.
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Notable people[edit]