Pontassieve

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Pontassieve
Comune
Comune di Pontassieve
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Coat of arms of Pontassieve
Coat of arms
Pontassieve is located in Italy
Pontassieve
Pontassieve
Location of Pontassieve in Italy
Coordinates: 43°46′N 11°25′E / 43.767°N 11.417°E / 43.767; 11.417
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province Florence (FI)
Frazioni Acone, Colognole, Doccia, Le Falle, Le Sieci, Fornello, Lubaco, Madonna del Sasso, Molino del Piano, Montebonello, Monteloro, Monterifrassine, Petroio, Podere Prato, San Martino, San Martino a Quona, Santa Brigida
Government
 • Mayor Marco Mairaghi (since June 2004)
Area
 • Total 114.4 km2 (44.2 sq mi)
Elevation 108 m (354 ft)
Population (1 January 2007[1])
 • Total 20,622
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Demonym Pontassievesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 50065 Pontassieve, 50060 Cusio, 50060 Molino del Piano, 50060 Santa Brigida, 50069 Sieci (Le Sieci), 50065 Pontassieve (other frazioni)
Dialing code 055
Website Official website
Porta Filicaia.
Church San Michele Arcangelo

Pontassieve is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Florence in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 14 kilometres (9 mi) east of Florence, nearby Fiesole, at the confluence of the Arno and Sieve rivers.

History[edit]

The first rulers of the area were the Quona nobles, whose Lordship is documented from the 11th century. These, a branch of whom at a later date also appeared under the name of Filicaia, settled in Florence at the end of the 12th century and in 1207 sold a large part of its territory of jurisdiction to the Bishopric of Florence.

In 1375 Florence had a castle erected here for an essentially strategic use on the land of Pontassieve. First the town took the name of "Castel Sant’Angelo" (Saint Angel Castle), later obtaining the current referring to the importance of the bridge on the river, that was the main way joining the Republic of Florence to the territories of the Mugello, Casentino and the city of Arezzo.

At the end of the 18th century the new House of Lorraine’s Dukes gave a great impulse to the town economy. Thanks to the Ducal works for the reclamation of the territory and the opening of two new roads, that joined Pontassieve to the Casentino and Emilia, Pontassieve lived a remarkable economic growth. Under the Lorenese domination Pontassieve was elevated to the rank of Vicarship’s Town Hall comprising part of the territories belonging to the Arno and Sieve valleys.

In 1859 the construction of a Florence-Rome railway (later followed by the Florence-Borgo San Lorenzo line) gave an additional impulse to the town's economy, turning it into an industrial hub. In 1861 Pontassieve was annexed to the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.

During World War II Pontassieve, for its importance as a rail junction, suffered substantial damage: the railways and the town itself were repeatedly bombed by Allied planes, which destroyed it almost entirely. The town's present day aspect is due, for the most part, to the post war reconstruction. Even though, the town has kept its original medieval look in the city center.

Economy[edit]

The economy of the town is based on the industrial activities including food, mechanical and electronic industries, and on the manufacture of glass and pottery. Flourishing is also the artisan manufacture of leathers, and remarkable are the productions of the "Vino Chianti Putto" and of a very valuable oil.

Among the several celebrations periodically taking place in Pontassieve we remind here the traditional "Toscanello d'oro" held yearly on May. The celebration consists of a show-market where it is possible to taste and buy valuable local wines and typical courses of Pontassieve.

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of Sant'Eustachio, at Acone, also referred to as Sant'Eustachio in Jerusalem, used to be the mother church of the vast Acone parish.
  • Church of Santa Maria, also at Acone. Its foundation dates to 925. Protectors of the church were, among many, the Donati family and the San Matteo Hospital in Florence.
  • Church of Sant'Andrea, at Doccia. Mentioned for the first time in 1024 in official Vatican papers by bishop Ildebrand, as a property of San Miniato al Monte monastery.
  • Pieve of San Giovanni, at Rèmole, dating to 955. It was head of a parish extending on both sides of the Arno river.
  • Pieve of Santi Gervasio e Martino, at Lobaco. The old church, dedicated to San Gervasio is located in Alpiniano, and dates back to the 11th century.
  • Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie. This sanctuary is also known as "Madonna del Sasso" because of a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1484. The building was erected in 1490, taking the place of a medieval oratory.
  • Church of San Martino at Molin del Piano, first documented in the 13th century. It was owned by the bishop of Fiesole and the Saltarelli family.
  • Pieve of San Lorenzo, at Montefiesole. Existing since 1190 but transormed into a parish in 1461, it lies next to the ruins of the castle belonging to the bishop of Florence, who ruled these lands.
  • Prepository of San Michele Arcangelo, documented since the beginning of the 13th century. Completely rebuilt in the 18th century, it was consecrated in 1788.
  • Church of Santi Martino e Giusto, at Quona. Originally dedicated to San Martino, later called San Giusto after the first church was demolished.
  • Church of Santa Brigida, in Pontassieve town. Built, according to tradition, on the cave chosen by the saint for meditation in the 10th century, it has been enlarged throughout the 16th-17th centuries and largely restored and modified in 1938 and 1954.
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista at Monteloro. Documented since 1102, the small building lies next to the ruins of the eponymous castle, which was, since the 9th century, a fief of the Fiesole bishop.
  • Villa Martelli, at Gricigliano in the località of Sieci. It has been converted into a seminary of The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (Institutum Christi Regis Summi Sacerdotis) and of Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest.[2]

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ "Our Seminary". Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 

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