Santo Stefano di Magra
|Santo Stefano di Magra|
|Comune di Santo Stefano di Magra|
|Province / Metropolitan city||La Spezia (SP)|
|Frazioni||Ponzano Magra, Ponzano Belaso, Ponzano Superiore|
|• Mayor||Juri Mazzanti|
|• Total||14.0 km2 (5.4 sq mi)|
|Population (31 May 2007)|
|• Density||600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Stephen Protomartyr|
|Saint day||August 3|
Santo Stefano di Magra is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southeast of Genoa and about 11 kilometres (7 mi) northeast of La Spezia. It is located near the confluence of torrent Vara into the Magra river. It is part of the Montemarcello-Magra Natural Regional Park. It has an entrance and exit to the toll-paying "Autostrada"
The municipality of Santo Stefano di Magra contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Ponzano Magra, Ponzano Belaso, and Ponzano Superiore.
Founded before 1000 AD, Santo Stefano is remembered as a marketplace in 981 by Emperor Otto II and in 1185 by Emperor Frederick I. It was a stage across the Via Francigena, with a hospice housing pilgrims and travellers.
The town is divided into two parts by the old central road, and enclosed by powerful late Renaissance walls. The church dedicated to St. Stephen was built in the 18th century over a medieval pieve.
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.