Back to the province of Firenze

Palazzuolo sul Senio

© Reti e Sistemi Toscana.indettaglio.it

Palazzuolo sul Senio (ZIP code 50035) is 60,7 kilometers far from Firenze, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Palazzuolo sul Senio has a population of 1.300 inhabitants (Palazzuolesi) and a surface of 109,24 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 11,90 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 437 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Piazza Ettore Alpi 1, phone ++39 055 - 8046008, fax ++39 055 - 8046461: the E-Mail address is comune@palazzuolo.it.

Population: The municipality of Palazzuolo sul Senio had a popolation of 1.323 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 1.300 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of -1,74% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 539 families with an average of 2,41 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 303 and 1.187 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 884 metres.

Work and workers:There are 38 industrial firms employing 251 people that are the 54,92% of the total of the workers. There are 29 service firms employing 50 people that are the 10,94% of the total of the workers. There are also 46 firms employing 113 people that are the 24,73% of the total of the workers. There are also 24 administrative offices emplying 43 workers that are the 9,41% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 457 workers, that are the 35,15% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Palazzuolo sul Senio rises along the banks of the Senio torrent.

The local economy is mainly based on the activity of numerous chothing and embroidery industries and on tourism, thanks to the beauty of its natural landscapes and the presence of numerous and well equipped fine hotels.

The place name comes from the diminutive of the Latin word "Palatium" with the meaning of "palace, building", to which the specification "sul Senio" (along the Senio torrent) was added, with reference to its position along the homonymous torrent.

The first settlements in the area of Palazzuolo sul Senio go back to the Palaeolitic Age, when the locality was a place used to host hunting camps.

The territory of Palazzuolo sul Senio continued to be populated first during the Bronze Age and then during the Etruscan and Roman Ages.

The development and the real consolidation of the village occurred in the Middle Ages, when it was under the jurisdiction of the noble Pagani's family, whose influence lasted up to the XIII-th century.

Later the village of Palazzuolo sul Senio passed to the Ubaldini's family and in 1362 it was sold to the Republic of Florence that annexed to its domains the whole territory of the Valdisieve.

During the second half of the XIV-th century Palazzuolo sul Senio was elevated to the rank of Vicarship. At that time the village was already economically flourishing thanks both to the fertility of its land and to its good position along the Senio torrent.

At the end of the same century Maghinardo Novello of the Ubaldini's family raised a revolt against Florence in order to contrast the territorial expansion of the Republic of Florence and conquer Palazzuolo sul Senio. The revolt was put down by the Florentines, who captured and justiced the rebel.

At the beginning of the XV-th century Palazzuolo sul Senio was elevated to the rank of autonomous common getting its own statutes. Some years later, by coming the Medici's family to the power, the village also became a Captainship.

By dieing the last Medici's descendant, the Lorena's Dukes came to the power and in 1772 they downgraded the village to the rank of Podestà's seat.

In 1837 the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo of Lorena put the Podestà's seat of Palazzuolo sul Senio under the jurisdiction of the Vicarship of the close town of Marrani.

Then Palazzuolo sul Senio got again the status of free common just 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 Palazzuolo sul Senio we point out here the Parrocchiale di Santo Stefano (Saint Stephen Parish), the Santuario di Santa Maria della Neve di Quadalto (Saint Mary of the Snow of Quadalto), the Chiesa dei Santi Egidio e Martino a Solecchio (Saint Egidio and Martin Church in Solecchio), the Badia Susinana (Susinana Abbey) and the Palazzo dei Capitani (Captains' Palace).

Among the numerous celebrations taking place in Palazzuolo sul Senio we remind here the "Middle Ages at the Ubaldini's Court" held yearly for six days long on the second or third week of July. The celebration evokes the ancient Medieval atmospheres by reviving ancient Medieval uses and customs.