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Tavarnelle Val di Pesa

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Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (ZIP code 50028) is 30,2 kilometers far from Firenze, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Tavarnelle Val di Pesa has a population of 7.148 inhabitants (Tavarnellini) and a surface of 56,96 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 125,49 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 378 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Piazza Matteotti 39, phone ++39 055 - 805081, fax ++39 055 - 8076685: the E-Mail address is

Population: The municipality of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa had a popolation of 6.911 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 7.148 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of 3,43% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 2.637 families with an average of 2,71 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 158 and 525 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 367 metres.

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Work and workers:There are 351 industrial firms employing 2.757 people that are the 64,66% of the total of the workers. There are 235 service firms employing 533 people that are the 12,50% of the total of the workers. There are also 194 firms employing 653 people that are the 15,31% of the total of the workers. There are also 61 administrative offices emplying 321 workers that are the 7,53% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 4.264 workers, that are the 59,65% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Tavarnelle Val di Pesa rises along the valley of the Pesa river.

The local economy is mainly based on the production of wheat, grape and olives. There are also numerous shoe making, mechanical, funiture and paper making industries.

The place name comes from the diminutive of "taverna" (tavern), coming this latter from the Latin word "taberna", to which the specification "Val di Pesa" (valley of the Pesa river) was added in 1909 with reference to its position.

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The first settlements in the territory of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa go back to the Roman Age, as testified by the numerous archaeological finds came to light in the area.

In 790 started the formation of the residential settlement along the road leading to the Valdipesa. At that time the first taverns were opened along the river so to welcome travellers and merchants who passed through Tavarnelle Val di Pesa to reach the close "Via Francigena".

At that time three main settlements formed: San Donato in Poggio, Sambuca Val di Pesa and Badia a Passignano. Later, by unifying those ones, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa was born.

Some years later a castle was built in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, whose around the community started to gather. Today the castle gives to the town a particular urban plant characterized by its tortuous roads.

Along the XII-th century the Republic of Florence imposed its jurisdiction to the village of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, whose strategic position, close to important roads, would have ensured a great economic increase to the same Republic.

In the next century Tavarnelle Val di Pesa was the military place from where the Florentine army left to fight the Montaperti Battle occurred on 1260, that they won.

From the XV-th century, once entered the Florentine orbit, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa was first under the Medici's Grand Dukes, who promoted the local economic growing, and then under the Lorena's Dukes.

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Along the XIX-th century Tavarnelle Val di Pesa increase its economy and population, but the town became an autonomous common only 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 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa we point out here the Chiesa di Santa Lucia al Borghetto (Saint Lucy Church at the Borghetto), the Chiesa di San Pietro in Bossolo (Saint Peter Church in Bossolo) and the Museo di Arte Sacra (Museum of Holy Art).

Among the numerous celebrations taking place periodically in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa we remind the traditional "Tavernelle Summer" held yearly along July by taking place musical and theatrical shows and markets so to taste the typical fine local foods.