Pontedera

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This article is about the Italian city. For the botanist, see Giulio Pontedera.
Not to be confused with Pontevedra.
Pontedera
Comune
Città di Pontedera
"Napoleonic" Bridge in Pontedera.
"Napoleonic" Bridge in Pontedera.
Coat of arms of Pontedera
Coat of arms
Pontedera is located in Italy
Pontedera
Pontedera
Location of Pontedera in Italy
Coordinates: 43°39′45″N 10°37′58″E / 43.66250°N 10.63278°E / 43.66250; 10.63278
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province Pisa (PI)
Frazioni Gello, Il Romito, La Borra, La Rotta, Montecastello, Pardossi, Santa Lucia, Treggiaia
Government
 • Mayor Simone Millozzi (PD), (since June 2009)
Area
 • Total 45.89 km2 (17.72 sq mi)
Elevation 14 m (46 ft)
Population (30 June 2012)[1]
 • Total 28,692
 • Density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym Pontederesi/Pontaderesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 56025
Dialing code 0587
Patron saint San Faustino
Saint day October 10
Website Official website

Pontedera (Latin: Pons Herae) is an industrial town in the province of Pisa, Tuscany, central Italy. It houses the headquarters of the Piaggio company, of the wine company Castellani and of chocolate factory Amedei.

Pontedera is in the Arno valley at the confluence of the Era River and the Arno River. Its territory is also crossed by the Scolmatore dell'Arno canal, and by the Roglio an Era's tributary. There is also a small lake, in the frazione of Pietroconti, known as Braccini lake.

Pontedera was the seat of several historical battles. In 1369, the Milanese army of Barnabò Visconti, led by John Hawkwood, was defeated here by the Florentine troops. On 11 June 1554, Pontedera was the scene of a pyrrhic victory in the last effort by the Republic of Siena to retain its independence, when Piero Strozzi won against the Florentines. Two months later he was decisively defeated at the Battle of Marciano, an event which marked the end of the Senese independence. The football team in the town is called U.S. Città di Pontedera, and they are currently placed in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

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  1. ^ Population data from Istat

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