Torrita di Siena

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Torrita di Siena
Comune di Torrita di Siena
Panorama of Torrita di Siena
Panorama of Torrita di Siena
Coat of arms of Torrita di Siena
Coat of arms
Location of Torrita di Siena
Torrita di Siena is located in Italy
Torrita di Siena
Torrita di Siena
Location of Torrita di Siena in Italy
Torrita di Siena is located in Tuscany
Torrita di Siena
Torrita di Siena
Torrita di Siena (Tuscany)
Coordinates: 43°10′N 11°46′E / 43.167°N 11.767°E / 43.167; 11.767
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
ProvinceSiena (SI)
FrazioniMontefollonico
Government
 • MayorGiacomo Grazi
Area
 • Total58.24 km2 (22.49 sq mi)
Elevation
325 m (1,066 ft)
Population
(31 December 2014)[1]
 • Total7,522
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Torritesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
53049
Dialing code0577
WebsiteOfficial website

Torrita di Siena is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Florence and about 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Siena.

Torrita di Siena borders the following municipalities: Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, Sinalunga, Trequanda.

The most important event in Torrita di Siena is the "Palio dei Somari", a race among donkeys, the Sundays after 19 March (Torrita's patron saint).

History[edit]

The name "Torrita" appears for the first time on a code amiatino of 1037. The castle subject to the sovereignty and defense of the Republic of Siena was protected by a wall equipped with towers square and four gates: Porta a Pago, Port Gavina, Porta Nuova and Porta a Sole. It was advanced stronghold ( castrum ) Siena in the fight against Montepulciano; Later, in 1554, it was conquered by Florence and subject to the power of the Medici.

Since the beginning of the 20th century saw a economic development for Torrita di Siena, especially with regard to the crafts and woodworking.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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