Montaione

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Montaione
Comune
Comune di Montaione
Church of San Regolo.
Church of San Regolo.
Coat of arms of Montaione
Coat of arms
Montaione is located in Italy
Montaione
Montaione
Location of Montaione in Italy
Coordinates: 43°33′12″N 10°54′42″E / 43.55333°N 10.91167°E / 43.55333; 10.91167Coordinates: 43°33′12″N 10°54′42″E / 43.55333°N 10.91167°E / 43.55333; 10.91167
Country Italy
Region Toscana
Province / Metropolitan city Florence (FI)
Frazioni Barbialla, Casetta, Castelfalfi, Collegalli, Filicaja, Alberi, Iano, Sughera, Mura, Olmo, Palagio, Piaggia, Santo Stefano, San Vivaldo, Tonda, Vignale
Government
 • Mayor Paola Rossetti in Benassi
Area
 • Total 104.8 km2 (40.5 sq mi)
Elevation 342 m (1,122 ft)
Population (1 January 2007)[1]
 • Total 3,667
 • Density 35/km2 (91/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Montaionesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 50050
Dialing code 0571
Saint day May 3
Website Official website

Montaione is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Florence in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Florence.

Geography[edit]

The frazione of Filicaja that is famous as the starting point of Antonio da Filicaja for the invasion of Pisa by the Florentine army in 1509.

Main sights[edit]

  • The church of San Ragolo houses the Madonna del Buonconsiglio by Guido da Graziano (late 13th century)
  • Church and convent of San Vivaldo. The church has works attributed to Giovanni della Robbia, Benedetto Buglioni, Raffaellino del Garbo and Andrea Sansovino
  • Castles include those of:
    • Iano
    • Camporena, destroyed by the Florentines in 1329.
    • Vignale
    • Collegalli, now a patrician villa
    • Figline, known from the 12th century. It is owned by the Filicaja family.
    • Barbialla, owned in the Middle Aged by the Cadolingians and the della Gherardesca families, then by the bishops of Volterra, the commune of San Miniato, the Republic of Florence and the Republic of Pisa.
    • Castelfafi, allegedly founded by the Lombards in the 8th century. It was a possession of the della Gherardesca and then of the bishops of Volterra. Later it was acquired by the Caetani. In 1554 it was sacked by the troops of Piero Strozzi.
    • Tonda
    • Sughera
    • Scopeto
    • Santo Stefano

Animal sanctuaries[edit]

The Italian Horse Protection Association (IHP) has its main base in Montaione's frazione of Filicaja.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat
  2. ^ Where we are - IHP internet site

External links[edit]