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Ortignano Raggiolo

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Ortignano Raggiolo

Ortignano Raggiolo (ZIP code 52010) is 39,6 kilometers far from Arezzo, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Ortignano Raggiolo has a population of 852 inhabitants (Ortignanesi) and a surface of 36,41 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 23,40 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 483 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Via Provinciale 4, phone ++39 0575 - 539214, fax ++39 0575 - 539369: the E-Mail address is ortignanoraggiolo@casentino.toscana.it.

Population: The municipality of Ortignano Raggiolo had a popolation of 804 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 852 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of 5,97% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 360 families with an average of 2,37 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 319 and 1.523 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 1.204 metres.

Work and workers:There are 16 industrial firms employing 186 people that are the 78,81% of the total of the workers. There are 9 service firms employing 17 people that are the 7,20% of the total of the workers. There are also 7 firms employing 17 people that are the 7,20% of the total of the workers. There are also 4 administrative offices emplying 16 workers that are the 6,78% of the total of the workers.

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Badia Sant`Antonio

There is a total of 236 workers, that are the 27,70% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Ortignano Raggiolo rises on the eastern side of the Pratomagno mount, along the valley of the Teggina river.

The local economy is mainly based on agriculture, silviculture and sheep-farming activities.

The place name comes from the compound of "Ortignano", coming this latter from the Latin proper name of person "Hortinius", and of "Raggiolo", coming this latter from the Latin "radius" with the meaning of "border line".

The history of the two villages of Ortignano and Raggiolo started from the XIII-th century. At that time the Guidi's Counts of Poppi founded in Ortignano a castle, as testified by an imperial act of Federico II, dating back to that time.

Around the Castle of the Guidi's Counts the community of Ortignano gathered, starting to develop its first economic activities, based on the chestnuts picking and manufacturing, of which the territory was rich.

Since the beginning Raggiolo was under the jurisdiction of the Ubertini's family.

During the XIV-th century the two villages of Ortignano and Raggiolo were gave by Carlo IV to the Bishopric of Arezzo, holding this latter the control of the villages up to the middle of the same century, when the Republic of Florence conquered the whole territory and united all the conquered villages of Ortignano, Raggiolo, Uzzano, Giogatoio, Civitella Secca and Giogalto in an only feud. This latter was subdued to the jurisdiction of the so called "Florentine Mountain".

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The church of San Michele

Entered the Florentine orbit, Ortignano Raggiolo was first under the jurisdiction of the Medici's Grand Dukes and then under that one of the Lorena's Dukes. This latter governed the two villages up to the Napoleonic invasion of the territory, occurred on the beginning of the XIX-th century and that end just on 1814.

After the French occupation the two villages entered the Tuscan Grand Dukedom, under the Lorena's government. They were united to form an only common after the Unity of Italy, occurred on 1861 by the action of the King Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia.

Among the most important monuments to see in Ortignano Raggiolo we point out here the Pieve dei Santi Matteo e Margherita (Saints Matthew and Margherita Parish) and the Ecomuseo della Castagna (Ecological Museum of the Chestnut).

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Ortignano Raggiolo we remind the "Chestnut Festival" held yearly on October and during which it is possible both to taste the good courses based on chestnuts and to attend the numerous folkloristic shows taking place for the occasion.