|Comune di Pievepelago|
View of Pievepelago
|Frazioni||Roccapelago, Sant'Andreapelago, Sant'Annapelago, Tagliole|
|• Mayor||Corrado Ferroni|
|• Total||76.5 km2 (29.5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||701 m (2,300 ft)|
|Population (01 Jen 2016)|
|• Density||29/km2 (75/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Mary and St. Theodore|
|Saint day||15 August and First Sunday in September|
Pievepelago is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Modena in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna in the heart of the northern Apennine Mountains. Situated on the Scoltenna river, in an mountain valley, it is a popular tourist resort crossed by the "Via Vandelli". It is about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southwest of Bologna, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of Modena, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Lucca and about 70 kilometres (43 mi) northwest of Florence. It has a population of about 2200 inhabitants, spread among the main town and its frazioni Sant'Annapelago, Roccapelago, Sant'Andreapelago and Tagliole. The comune of Pievepelago is linked to Tuscany by Radici Pass and Foce a Giovo Pass.
The origins of Pievepelago are lost in the mist of the Middle Ages. The first document which attests the presence of a burgh in the valley belongs to the 10th century. The name of the village came from the presence of the pieve or parish church of Santa Maria Assunta since its early years. In the 18th century, two roads, Via Vandelli and Giardini, were built in order to join Tuscany to the north of Italy by cutting across the Apennines. That development increased trade a lot in the valley, and brought the town greater prestige and population. During World War II Pievepelago was on the Gothic line, and many inhabitants fought as partisans to free the valley. A monument celebrating the victims of the war is located in the center of town.
Pievepelago is well known as a local mountain outdoor activity centre. In winter the most practised sport is skiing, in the ski resort of Sant'Annapelago or in the bigger-ones of Abetone and Monte Cimone. In summer is well valorised trekking in the Frignano Wild Park. The excursions usually starts at the glacial lakes in Tagliole Valley up to the highest peaks of Monte Riolunato and Monte Giovo, which is the second mountain in the region for its height. Pievepelago is also known for its tennis centre, which is one of the best in Italy for structures and for the number of young tennis players who go there for summer courses.
This territory also contains a variety of fauna like for example the golden eagles. Near Pievepelago there is Santo Lake that constitutes a beautiful area of enormous naturalistic interest and an excellent starting-point for excursions.
In 2010 some mummified human remains were found in the crypt of the church in Roccapelago. Today in the castle there is a museum Museo delle Mummie where is possible to realize this exceptional archaeological discovery.
- Palmiro Serafini (born 1945), ski mountaineer and cross-country skier
- Dina Manfredini (1897–2012), the world's oldest living person from 4 December to 17 December 2012, and 13th oldest person ever.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- Gli scavi della Chiesa di San Paolo di Roccapelago nell'Appennino modenese. La cripta con i corpi mummificati naturalmente. Firenze 2011 [Giorgio Gruppioni, Donato Labate, Luca Mercuri, Vania Milani, Mirko Traversari, Barbara Vernia]
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