Abetone

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Abetone
Comune
Comune dell'Abetone
Monument in Abetone
Monument in Abetone
Coat of arms of Abetone
Coat of arms
Abetone is located in Italy
Abetone
Abetone
Location of Abetone in Italy
Coordinates: 44°9′46″N 10°39′55″E / 44.16278°N 10.66528°E / 44.16278; 10.66528
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province / Metropolitan city Pistoia (PT)
Frazioni Cecchetto, Fontana Vaccaia, Le Regine, Faidello, Val di Luce
Government
 • Mayor Giampiero Danti
Area
 • Total 31.2 km2 (12.0 sq mi)
Elevation 1,388 m (4,554 ft)
Population (31 December 2011)
 • Total 687
 • Density 22/km2 (57/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Abetonesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 51021
Dialing code 0573
Website Official website
Abetone Pass
"Orto Botanico Forestale di Abetone" (Botanical Garden) - entry

Abetone is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pistoia in the Italian region of Tuscany, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Florence and about 49 kilometres (30 mi) northwest of Pistoia. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 699 and an area of 31.2 square kilometres (12.0 sq mi).[1]

Abetone borders the following municipalities: Bagni di Lucca, Coreglia Antelminelli, Cutigliano, Fiumalbo.

History[edit]

Abetone (in Italian: "large fir") was created as a custom post on the main road from the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Duchy of Modena, founded in 1732. The name derives from that of a large tree cut down to allow the construction to proceed.

Starting from the early 20th century, it became a renowned skiing resort. Zeno Colò, one of the greatest Italian skiers, was born here in 1920.

Abetone served as the finish of the 5th Stage of the Giro d'Italia. The stage was won by the Slovenian rider Jan Polanc, who attacked away from his breakaway companions on the final climb up to Abetone. He went on to win by 1 minute and 31 seconds.

Main sights[edit]

References[edit]

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

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