Bientina

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Bientina
Comune
Comune di Bientina
Coat of arms of Bientina
Coat of arms
Bientina is located in Italy
Bientina
Bientina
Location of Bientina in Italy
Coordinates: 43°43′N 10°37′E / 43.717°N 10.617°E / 43.717; 10.617
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province / Metropolitan city Pisa (PI)
Frazioni Caccialupi, Puntone, Quattro Strade, Santa Colomba
Government
 • Mayor Corrado Guidi
Area
 • Total 29.2 km2 (11.3 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (01 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 7,990
 • Density 270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bientinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 56031
Dialing code 0587
Patron saint San Valentino Martire
Saint day June 5
Website Official website

Bientina (Italian: Bièntina) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pisa in the Italian region Tuscany.

History[edit]

The toponym Bientina is attested the first time in 793 as Blentina and it probably comes from the Etruscan name Plitine.

Geography[edit]

Location of the municipality (Comune) of Bientina (province of Pisa)

Territory[edit]

Bientina is located between the Lucca's plain (Piana di Lucca) and the Valdarno.

It's about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Florence and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) east of Pisa and it borders the following municipalities: Altopascio (Province of Lucca), Buti, Calcinaia, Capannori (Province of Lucca), Castelfranco di Sotto, Santa Maria a Monte, Vicopisano.

In the communal territory there was once the largest lake in Tuscany, the Lake of Bientina.

Climate[edit]

Bientina experiences a Mediterranean Climate like other cities in Central Italy.

Being more distant from the sea, winters are usually less mild than Pisa and summers are warmer.

The climatic classification is "Zone D, 1856 GR/G"[2]

Main sights[edit]

Religious architecture[edit]

  • Church of San Domenico (1621)
  • Church of Santa Maria Assunta (medieval - expanded and renovated in the mid-1600)
  • Church of Madonna del Bosco in Santa Colomba
  • Oratory of San Girolamo (1640), home to the museum of ancient history of Bientina
  • Oratory of San Pietro and Rocco (17th century)
  • Oratory of San Giusto, the first church of Bientina (12th century)

Civil architecture[edit]

  • Palazzo Pancani
  • La Mora tower (13th century)
  • Torre Civica (Torre del Frantoio) (13th century) - center of cultural activity.
  • Torre del Giglio (13th century)
  • Loggetta del Palazzo Comunale (17th century)

Transport[edit]

Roads[edit]

Bientina is crossed by the Strada provinciale 439 Sarzanese Valdera and some secondary roads. Public transportation is performed by the company CTT Nord.

Trains[edit]

Until 1944 the town also had a train station along the former railway Lucca-Pontedera; the dilapidated building is still visible along the main road 25.

Notable people associated with Bientina[edit]

International relations[edit]

Bientina is twinned with France Saint-Rémy-de-Provence since 1997[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ "Tabella dei gradi/giorno dei Comuni italiani raggruppati per Regione e Provincia" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Gemellaggio". www.comune.bientina.pi.it. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 

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