Santo Stefano di Magra

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Santo Stefano di Magra
Comune
Comune di Santo Stefano di Magra
Piana di Santo Stefano Magra.JPG
Coat of arms of Santo Stefano di Magra
Coat of arms
Santo Stefano di Magra is located in Italy
Santo Stefano di Magra
Santo Stefano di Magra
Location of Santo Stefano di Magra in Italy
Coordinates: 44°10′N 9°55′E / 44.167°N 9.917°E / 44.167; 9.917Coordinates: 44°10′N 9°55′E / 44.167°N 9.917°E / 44.167; 9.917
Country Italy
Region Liguria
Province La Spezia (SP)
Frazioni Ponzano Magra, Ponzano Belaso, Ponzano Superiore
Government
 • Mayor Juri Mazzanti
Area
 • Total 14.0 km2 (5.4 sq mi)
Population (31 May 2007)[1]
 • Total 8,463
 • Density 600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym Santostefanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 19037
Dialing code 0187
Patron saint St. Stephen Protomartyr
Saint day August 3

Santo Stefano di Magra is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80 km southeast of Genoa and about 11 km northeast of La Spezia. It is located near the confluence of torrent Vara into the Magra river. It is part of the Montemarcello-Magra Natural Regional Park. It has an entrance and exit to the toll-paying "Autostrada"

The municipality of Santo Stefano di Magra contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Ponzano Magra, Ponzano Belaso, and Ponzano Superiore.

Santo Stefano di Magra borders the following municipalities: Aulla, Bolano, Sarzana, Vezzano Ligure.

History[edit]

Founded before 1000 AD, Santo Stefano is remembered as a marketplace in 981 by Emperor Otto II and in 1185 by Emperor Frederick I. It was a stage across the Via Francigena, with a hospice housing pilgrims and travellers.

Around 1200 it is first mentioned on a written source, in the event of the peace between the Malaspina family and the bishops of Luni.

Main sights[edit]

The town is divided into two parts by the old central road, and enclosed by powerful late Renaissance walls. The church dedicated to St. Stephen was built in the 18th century over a medieval pieve.

Demographic evolution[edit]

References[edit]

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