Pontida

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Pontida
Comune
Città di Pontida
Pontida
Pontida
Pontida is located in Italy
Pontida
Pontida
Location of Pontida in Italy
Coordinates: 45°44′N 9°30′E / 45.733°N 9.500°E / 45.733; 9.500Coordinates: 45°44′N 9°30′E / 45.733°N 9.500°E / 45.733; 9.500
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Province of Bergamo (BG)
Frazioni Boffuro, Buttarello, Cà Barile, Cà Frosco, Cà Pietaglio, Canto, Cerchiera, Costa, Gaggio Sopra, Gaggio Sotto, Ghiringhello, Grombosco, Gromfaleggio, Massera, Metà Ripa di Sotto, Odiago, Roncallo, Sotto i Ronchi, Torchio, Valmora
Area
 • Total 10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
Elevation 313 m (1,027 ft)
Population (Dec. 2004)
 • Total 3,112
 • Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Demonym Pontidesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24030
Dialing code 035

Pontida is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Bergamo in the Italian region of Lombardy, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of Milan and about 13 kilometres (8 mi) northwest of Bergamo. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 3,112 and an area of 10.1 square kilometres (3.9 sq mi).[1]

Pontida received the honorary title of city with a presidential decree on July 11, 2006.

Geography[edit]

The municipality of Pontida contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Boffuro, Buttarello, Cà Barile, Cà Frosco, Cà Pietaglio, Canto, Cerchiera, Costa, Gaggio Sopra, Gaggio Sotto, Ghiringhello, Grombosco, Gromfaleggio, Massera, Metà Ripa di Sotto, Odiago, Roncallo, Sotto i Ronchi, Torchio, Valmora

Pontida borders the following municipalities: Ambivere, Brivio, Calco, Caprino Bergamasco, Carvico, Cisano Bergamasco, Palazzago, Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, Villa d'Adda.

Demographic evolution[edit]

History[edit]

Pontida's main claim to historical renown is due to the Oath of Pontida, signed there in 1167 and marking the foundation of the Lombard League,[2] which nine years later would go on to defeat Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa at the Battle of Legnano.

The name "Pontida" often appeared in the rhetoric of the 19th century Risorgimento, Italian nationalists seeing this historical event as a precedent and inspiration for their own struggle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Lexikon des Mittelalters: Band IV Seite 931