Buonconvento

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Buonconvento
Comune
Comune di Buonconvento
The castle of Bibbiano in the comune of Buonconvento.
The castle of Bibbiano in the comune of Buonconvento.
Coat of arms of Buonconvento
Coat of arms
Buonconvento is located in Italy
Buonconvento
Buonconvento
Location of Buonconvento in Italy
Coordinates: 43°8′N 11°29′E / 43.133°N 11.483°E / 43.133; 11.483
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
ProvinceSiena (SI)
FrazioniBibbiano, Percenna, Villa Chiatina
Government
 • MayorPaolo Montemerani
Area
 • Total64.84 km2 (25.03 sq mi)
Elevation147 m (482 ft)
Population (30 April 2017)[1]
 • Total3,137
 • Density48/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Buonconventini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code53022
Dialing code0577
Patron saintSts. Peter and Paul
Saint dayJune 29
WebsiteOfficial website

Buonconvento is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) south of Florence and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) southeast of Siena in the area known as the Crete Senesi.

History[edit]

Buonconvento (from the Latin bonus conventus, "happy place") is mentioned for the first time in 1100. In 1313 the German emperor Henry VII died here.

It was surrounded by a line of walls starting from 1371, carried on by the Republic of Siena to which it belonged until 1559, when it became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. It was annexed to Italy in 1861.

Main sights[edit]

The local museum of art, the Museo d'Arte Sacra della Val d'Arbia, houses works by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Pietro Lorenzetti, Andrea di Bartolo, Matteo di Giovanni and other Tuscan painters, taken from local churches. The church of Santi Pietro e Paolo has a Madonna Enthroned with Child (c. 1450) by Matteo di Giovanni and a fresco of the early-15th century Sienese school. The fortified pieve of Sant'Innocenza a Piana dates from the 13th-14th centuries. Most of Buonconvento's frazioni house medieval or Renaissance castles.

The church of St. Lawrence, in Bibbiano, has a cyborium by Ventura Salimbeni.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population data from Istat

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