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Capraia e Limite

Capraia e Limite

Capraia e Limite (ZIP code 50056) is 24,9 kilometers far from Firenze, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Capraia e Limite has a population of 5.918 inhabitants (Limitesi) and a surface of 25 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 236,72 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 28 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Piazza 8 Marzo 1944 9, phone ++39 0571 - 978135/6, fax ++39 0571 - 979503: the E-Mail address is segreteria@comune.capraia-e-limite.fi.it.

Population: The municipality of Capraia e Limite had a popolation of 5.137 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 5.918 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of 15,20% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 2.186 families with an average of 2,71 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 24 and 410 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 386 metres.

Work and workers:There are 165 industrial firms employing 1.057 people that are the 64,37% of the total of the workers. There are 115 service firms employing 206 people that are the 12,55% of the total of the workers. There are also 76 firms employing 203 people that are the 12,36% of the total of the workers. There are also 33 administrative offices emplying 176 workers that are the 10,72% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 1.642 workers, that are the 27,75% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Capraia e Limite rises along the middle course of the Arno river, close to the slopes of the Montalbano mount.

Church of S. Stefano

The local economy is mainly based on the production of cereals, grapes, olives and on the activity of numerous industries for the production of furniture and for the manufacturing of wood and potter's clays.

The place name comes from the compound of "capraia", coming this latter from the Latin "capra" (goat), and of "limite", with probable meaning of "boundary".

The first settlements in the area of Capraia e Limite go back to the Bronze Age and then to the Etruscan and Roman Ages, as testified by the numerous archaeological finds came to light, like manufactures and ceramics dating back to those times.

Later the Longbards stayed on the territory up to the IX-th century.

The village of Capraia e Limite was born by the union of two villages, both having different historical origins and different foreign dominations.

The first residential settlement in the area was the village of Capraia. It rose in a higher position and developed during the Early Middle Ages.

In the beginning Capraia was under the jurisdiction of the Alberti's Counts, being this latter under the direct influence of the powerful city of Florence.

At the same time the village of Limite started to consolidate under the hegemony of the city of Pistoia that later gave the village to Florence.

The village was quarrelled for a long among these most important cities of the time, both for its geographic position close to a torrent and for the richness of its territory.

Limite sull'Arno

Once both of the two villages were united and fortified once entered the Florentine orbit in the XIII-th century they .

The great work of fortification leaded to build numerous castle, among them the Castle of Montelupo distinguishes because it is visible still today, needed to face the bloody struggles existing between the two political factions of Guelphs (Papacy's supporters) and Ghibellines (Empire's supporters).

Since the XV-th century the village of Capraia e Limite enjoyed a peaceful atmosphere and a political stability due to the coming of the Medici's Grand Dukes to the power, under whose domination the local economy was based on rural cultivations. This latter were exported by a flourishing river trading activity.

By dieing the last direct Medici's descendant, on the beginning of the XVIII-th century, the property of the village of Capraia e Limite passed to the Lorena's Dukes who held the control almost uninterruptedly until 1861, when the locality was annexed to the Reign of Italy by the King Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia.

Among the most important monuments to see in Capraia e Limite we point out here the Castello di Capraia (Castle of Capraia), the Villa di Bibbiani (Bibbiani's Villa) and the Parco Archeologico di Montereggi (Archaeological Park of Montereggi).

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Capraia e Limite we remind the traditional "Rowing Race" held yearly on July involving the four quarters in which the town is dived. The quarters challenge to a boat race by using the "gozzi", typical boats of the town, to which only female crews take part.