|Comune di Aprilia|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Latina (LT)|
|• Mayor||Antonio Terra (since 27 May 2013)|
|• Total||177.70 km2 (68.61 sq mi)|
|Elevation||80 m (260 ft)|
|• Total||72,702 (31-12-2,012)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||04011, 04010|
|Patron saint||St. Michael|
|Saint day||September 29|
Aprilia is located at 80 metres (262 feet) above sea level, in the Agro Romano, and is 16 kilometres (10 miles) away from the Anzio and Nettuno sea side towns, 30 km (19 mi) from Rome and 16 km (10 mi) from Colli Albani. Although Aprilia is effectively part of the province of Latina, because of its strategic position at the far north of the Pontinian province, Aprilia is commonly associated with Rome. It has been discussed, whether Aprilia should be included in the Rome metropolitan area.
In modern age Aprilia was founded on April 25, 1936, during the Fascist government. The project of the land reclamation, wanted by Benito Mussolini, where the Duce proposed new areas for Italian citizens to live and work in not so far from the big cities. Aprilia was part of the project called 2PST by(Concezio Petrucci, Mario (Mosè) Tufaroli, Emanuele Filiberto Paolini e Riccardo Silenzi.) The area where the city has been built belonged to the Rome county, is the fourth in order of foundation after Littoria, Sabaudia e Pontinia. The name of the city come from the Latin Venus Aprilia - "Fruitful Venus"
With a surface of 17,774 hectares, and an amount of 71,150 inhabitants at 31.03.2011, includes the city center and the following fractions: Agip, Bellavista, Buon Riposo, Caffarelli, Campo del Fico, Campo di Carne, Campoleone, Campoverde, Carano-Garibaldi, Carroceto, Casalazzara, Fossignano, Gattone, Genio Civile, Giannottola, Guardapasso, Isole, La Gogna, Montarelli, Pantanelle, Pian di Frasso, Rosatelli, Spaccasassi, Torre Bruna, Toscanini, Torre del Padiglione, Tufello, Vallelata, Valli.
In 1929, after repeated attempts, began the work of land reclamation in the area that attracted a significant number of people coming from Trentino, Veneto, from Friuli, and from Emilia Romagna.
At the end of 1931 started the real transformation of the land with deforestation in the whole area, the marsh was drained, were plowed up the land and built houses with estates ranging from ten to thirty acres. Only then took over a stable population that lived in a small part in the new urban center, while in most houses.
At its foundation, the Urban Center was composed of four main buildings: City, post office, church, home of the beam to which were added to the Cinema Littorio and the inn.
Things became critical with the advance of World War II and the beginning of the Battle of Rome.
In January 1944 Aprilia called the "la fabbrica", "the factory" by the Allies, was reduced to a pile of rubble and the population took refuge in Campania and Calabria.
In the 50's Italians from North Africa Colonies who built estesissimi vineyards to produce wines with denomination of origin and the grapes of the best in Italy.
With the establishment of the Cassa per il Mezzogiorno and, subsequently, the Consortium for the area of industrial development in Lazio, the future of Aprilia changed completely: it went from agriculture to a consumer 'market-oriented agriculture, and there emerged new farms more technically advanced. This was the first step toward industrialization itself.
At the end of 1951 settled in Aprilia's first factory, the Simmenthal, which was followed by many other national and international workshops. The town changed its face and gave work to many workers. Aprilia currently engaged about one hundred plants, including some major corporations.
On April 26, 1996, in the name of Menotti Garibaldi, Aprilia, which houses the mortal remains of the hero had after some parts of the territory of the town of Velletri switched to Aprilia, it is twinned with Mostardas, town of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he was born.
Agip, Bellavista, Buon Riposo, Caffarelli, Campo del Fico, Campo di Carne, Campoleone, Campoverde, Carano - Garibaldi, Carroceto, Casalazzara, Fossignano, Gattone, Genio Civile, Giannottola, Guardapasso, Isole, La Cogna, Montarelli, Pantanelle, Pian di Frasso, Rosatelli, Spaccasassi, Torre Bruna, Toscanini, Torre del Padiglione, Tufello, Vallelata, Valli.
The Aprilia region is home to a large 3,700 hectare (9,000 acre) Denominazione di origine controllata DOC that is noted for its varietal wines from varieties such as Trebbiano, Merlot, Sangiovese and Abbuoto. Under DOC regulations, the wines must contain at least 95% of the stated grape variety on the wine label in order to qualify for the DOC designation. Nearly 75% of the DOC production is centered around Trebbiano.
Additional DOC requirements include:
- Merlot and Trebbiano grapes must be harvested to a yield no greater than 15 tonnes/ha with the finished wine needing to attain a minimum alcohol level of at least 11%
- Sangiovese have a maximum yield restriction of 14 tonnes/ha with the finished wine needing at least 11.5% alcohol by volume.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Aprilia is twinned with:
- Mostardas, Brazil (1996)
- Buja, Italy (1997)
- Montorio al Vomano, Italy (2000)
- Sciacca, Italy (2003)
- Ben Arous, Tunisia (2003)
- Tulcea, Romania (2003)
- Cingoli, Italy (2004)
- P. Saunders Wine Label Language pp. 121-122 Firefly Books 2004 ISBN 1-55297-720-X
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