Montespertoli

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Montespertoli
Comune
Comune di Montespertoli
Machiavelli Square.
Machiavelli Square.
Coat of arms of Montespertoli
Coat of arms
Montespertoli is located in Italy
Montespertoli
Montespertoli
Location of Montespertoli in Italy
Coordinates: 43°39′N 11°5′E / 43.650°N 11.083°E / 43.650; 11.083
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province / Metropolitan city Florence (FI)
Frazioni Aliano, Anselmo, Baccaiano, Botinaccio, Castiglioni,Convento, Fornace, Fornacette, Ghisone, Gigliola, Il Pino II, Il Poggio, La Buca, La Ripa, Le Galvane, Leoni, Lucardo, Lucignano, Martignana, Mela, Montagnana Val di Pesa, Monte Albino, Montegufoni, Ortimino, Poggio Ubertini,Polvereto, Poppiano, San Quirico in Collina, Trecento, Tresanti, Vicchio - Lungagnana
Government
 • Mayor Giulio Mangani
Area
 • Total 125.0 km2 (48.3 sq mi)
Elevation 257 m (843 ft)
Population (1 January 2007[1])
 • Total 12,723
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Montespertolesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 50025
Dialing code 0571
Website Official website

Montespertoli is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Florence in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Florence.

Montespertoli borders the following municipalities: Barberino Val d'Elsa, Castelfiorentino, Certaldo, Empoli, Lastra a Signa, Montelupo Fiorentino, San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Scandicci, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa.

The presence of human settlements in the area dates to Roman and Etruscan times, although the villages of the modern municipality are known from the 11th century, when San Pietro in Mercato and Lucardo are mentioned. In 1393 the borough of Montespertoli was acquired by the Machiavelli family.

Main sights[edit]

  • Pieve (pleban church) of San Pietro in Mercato, consecrated in 1057.
  • Pieve of Santa Maria a Coeli Aula, known from the 9th century
  • Church of Sant'Andrea in Montespertoli (16th century), housing 12th century fragments of a baptismal font from Santa Maria a Coeli in Aula, and a Madonna with Saints attributed to Niccolò di Pietro Gerini.
  • Church of San Michele Arcangelo at Castiglioni (12th century)
  • Castle of Montegufoni, a former residence of the Acciaioli and later the Sitwell families.
  • Castle of Sonnino, former residence of the statesman Sidney Sonnino, now a winery.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ "Castello Sonnino". 

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