Montevarchi

Comune Province of Arezzo Tuscany
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Montevarchi
Comune di Montevarchi
Montevarchi in May 2008
Montevarchi in May 2008
Coat of arms of Montevarchi
Coat of arms
Location of Montevarchi
Montevarchi is located in Italy
Montevarchi
Montevarchi
Location of Montevarchi in Italy
Montevarchi is located in Tuscany
Montevarchi
Montevarchi
Montevarchi (Tuscany)
Coordinates: 43°31′43″N 11°34′12″E / 43.52861°N 11.57000°E / 43.52861; 11.57000Coordinates: 43°31′43″N 11°34′12″E / 43.52861°N 11.57000°E / 43.52861; 11.57000
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
ProvinceArezzo (AR)
FrazioniCaposelvi, Pestello, Levane, Levanella, Mercatale Valdarno, Moncioni, Rendola, Ricasoli, San Marco, San Tommè, Ventena
Government
 • MayorSilvia Chiassai
Area
 • Total56.67 km2 (21.88 sq mi)
Elevation
144 m (472 ft)
Population
 (1 January 2018)[2]
 • Total24,440
 • Density430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Montevarchini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
52025
Dialing code055
Patron saintSaint Lawrence
Saint day10 August
WebsiteOfficial website

Montevarchi is a town and comune in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy.

History

The town of Montevarchi sprang up around 1100, near to a fortified Benedictine monastery, founded by bishop Elempert (986–1010)[3] of Arezzo. At first the castle belonged to the Marquis Bourbon del Monte di Santa Maria, then to the Count Guidi family. In 1273 ownership passed to the Signoria of Florence. One of the town's first podestà (mayor) was Brunetto Latini.

During the rule of the Medici, the town expanded considerably due to its flourishing agricultural trade and its wool and silk industries, controlled by the Woolmaker's Guild. Montevarchi remained under Florentine control until the end of the first half of the 18th century; then the town became part of the territory of Arezzo.

After the unification of Italy, it became an important centre for manufacture of felt hats and, during the post World War II period, of shoes, hats, ladies' and children's wear. Today it is still a clothes production hub, while also important in the production of electricity (one hydroelectric and one thermoelectric plant).

Montevarchi at the beginning of the 20th century.

Main sights

Churches

Museums

The cassero, barracks of granducal Montevarchi's garrison.
14th-century fresco in La Ginestra Monastery.

Shopping

Geography

The comune is bordered by Bucine, Cavriglia, Gaiole in Chianti, Pergine Valdarno, San Giovanni Valdarno and Terranuova Bracciolini.

International relations

Twin towns - sister cities

Montevarchi is twinned with:[5]

Cooperation

Notable residents

References

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Robert Black (2007) Education and Society in Florentine Tuscany: Teachers, Pupils and Schools, c. 1250-1500 Volume 1, Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands ISBN 978-90-04-15853-5
  4. ^ Shopping: SPACE - Prada & Miu Miu.
  5. ^ "Gemellaggi e Cooperazione". comune.montevarchi.ar.it (in Italian). Montevarchi. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  6. ^ "Francesco Failli".
  7. ^ "Francesco Mochi - Oxford Reference".
  8. ^ Stinchelli, Enrico (2002). -vrF9Oa1AWE26WGCw&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22Luca%20Canonici%22%20montevarchi&f=false Le stelle della lirica, p. 38. Gremese Editore. ISBN 8884401925 (in Italian)