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Montieri

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Veduta di Montieri

Montieri (ZIP code 58026) is 64 kilometers far from Grosseto, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Montieri has a population of 1.249 inhabitants (Montierini) and a surface of 108,61 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 11,50 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 704 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Piazza Gramsci 4, phone ++39 0566 - 996811, fax ++39 0566 - 997800: the E-Mail address is info@comune.montieri.gr.it.

Population: The municipality of Montieri had a popolation of 1.499 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 1.249 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of -16,68% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 616 families with an average of 2,03 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 335 and 1.060 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 725 metres.

Work and workers:There are 16 industrial firms employing 77 people that are the 27,30% of the total of the workers. There are 29 service firms employing 48 people that are the 17,02% of the total of the workers. There are also 40 firms employing 96 people that are the 34,04% of the total of the workers. There are also 20 administrative offices emplying 61 workers that are the 21,63% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 282 workers, that are the 22,58% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Montieri rises on the north-eastern side of the Hill of Montieri.

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Chiesa di Montieri

The local economy is mainly based on the production of cereals, vegetables, grapes and olives and on the mining of the pyrite from which the copper comes. The town is a famous resort for summer holidays, thanks to the beauty of its landscapes and monuments and the presence of numerous and fine hotels.

The place name probably comes from the Latin "mons aeris" that literally means "mount of the bronze", because of the bronze contains the copper among its constituents.

The first settlements in the area of Montieri go back to the Age of the Etruscan, who already used to mine the copper, whose activity was also continued by the Romans.

In the X-th century the village of Montieri was first under the jurisdiction of Lamberto of Aldobrandeschi and then, around the XI-th century, it passed to the Bishops of Volterra.

During the next century Siena started to coin so that it tryed to conquer the village of Montieri, being this latter rich of minerals.

After a long period during which the village was quarrelled among the Bishops of Volterra, the city of Siena and the town of Massa Marittima, in 1326 Montieri was annexed to the domains of the Republic of Siena.

Up to the XIV-th century Montieri experienced a flourishing economic period thanks to the exploitment of the mines that, along the next century, started to decline nevertheless, so following the decline of the Republic of Siena.

In the middle of the XVI-th century the whole territory was conquered by the powerful city of Florence, entering the Medici's Grand Dukedom.

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Palazzo Comunale

During the Medici's domination lasted up to the beginning of the XVIII-th entury, the mining activity was intensified so to promote a great economic increase.

The domination of the Medici's Grand Dukes lasted up to the XVIII-th century when, by dieing the last Medici's descendant, the Lorena's Dukes came to the power and governed Montieri up to the Unity of Italy occurred on 1861.

Among the most important monuments to see in Montieri we point out here the Parrocchiale dei Santi Paolo e Michele (Saint Paul and Michael Parish), the Chiesa di San Francesco (Saint Francis Church), the Chiesa di San Giacomo (Saint Giacomo Church) and the Castello di Montieri (Castle of Montieri).

Among the numerous celebrations taking place periodically in Montieri we remind here the traditional "Chestnut Festival" held yearly on October and during which it is possible to taste some typical local courses made by chestnuts and to attend some folkloristic shows and sport games.