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Monte San Savino

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Monte San Savino

Monte San Savino (ZIP code 52048) is 20,2 kilometers far from Arezzo, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Monte San Savino has a population of 8.119 inhabitants (Savinesi) and a surface of 89,61 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 90,60 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 330 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Corso Sangallo 38, phone ++39 0575 - 81771, fax ++39 0575 - 843076: the E-Mail address is turismo@citymonte.it.

Population: The municipality of Monte San Savino had a popolation of 7.847 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 8.119 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of 3,47% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 2.967 families with an average of 2,74 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 244 and 618 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 374 metres.

Work and workers:There are 373 industrial firms employing 1.727 people that are the 51,58% of the total of the workers. There are 215 service firms employing 515 people that are the 15,38% of the total of the workers. There are also 191 firms employing 646 people that are the 19,30% of the total of the workers. There are also 51 administrative offices emplying 460 workers that are the 13,74% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 3.348 workers, that are the 41,24% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

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A view of Monte San Savino

Monte San Savino rises in the valley of Chiana, on a hill dominating the valley of the Esse torrent.

The local economy is mainly based on the production of cereals, fruit, vegetables, grapes, olives and sugar beets. There are also many factories carring out the manufacture of pottery and the production of furniture and frames.

The place name comes from a compound of "Monte" (mount) and the Latin name of person "Sabinius".

The first settlements in the territory of Monte San Savino probably go back to the Age of the Etruscans, and later the Romans succeeded to them.

The real consolidation of the residential settlements occurred on the XI-th century, under the Ubertini's jurisdiction.

During the XIII-th century Monte San Savino subdued the consequences of the rivalries between the two powerful cities of Arezzo and Florence, caused by the Ubertini's treason against Arezzo and their successive alliance with Florence.

The rivalry between the two cities ended in the Campaldino Battle, occurred on 1289 with the victory of Florence. Since 1289 Monte San Savino was under the Florentine jurisdiction.

In 1325 the army of Guido Tarlati, who was the Bishop of Arezzo, besieged and destroyed the village and only in 1336, when Monte San Savino passed again to the Florentine Republic, it was rebuilt and repopulated.

Few years later the Florentines sold the village of Monte San Savino to the city of Perugia, that mantained its control until 1358, when the city of Arezzo got the possession of Monte San Savino.

After different hystorical events Monte San Savino was annexed to the Florentine countryside and at the same time it became a vicarship.

At the beginning of the XVIII-th century Monte San Savino passed for heritance to the Lorena's Dukes, whose domination lasted up to the French invasion that ended in 1814. Monte San Savino came back to the Lorena's jurisdiction and was annexed to the Tuscan Grand Dukedom.

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The street of Monte San Savino

In 1861 Monte San Savino was annexed to the Reign of Italy by the King Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia.

Among the most important monuments to see in Monte San Savino we point out here the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista (Saint John Baptist Church), the Chiesa di Sant'Agostino (Saint Augustine Church), the Chiesa di Santa Chiara (Saint Chiara Church), the Loggia del Mercato (Gallery of the Market) and the Museo delle Ceramiche (Museum of the Potteries).

Among the famous people who were born in Monte San Savino we remind here the architect and sculptor Andrea Contucci called the "Sansovino" (1460-1529).

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Monte San Savino we point out here the "Sagra della Porchetta Savinese" held on the first half of September. The festival celebrated the "Porchetta" of Monte San Savino, that is a typical sausage based on pork meat made according to some ancient and traditional recipes. The "Porchetta" is flavoured with fennel, garlic and black pepper.