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Bagnone

Bagnone (ZIP code 54021) is 51 kilometers far from Massa-Carrara, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Photo © Wikipedia The town of Bagnone

Bagnone has a population of 2.022 inhabitants (Bagnonesi) and a surface of 73,8 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 27,40 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 236 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Piazza Marconi 1, phone ++39 0187 - 42781, fax ++39 0187 - 429210: the E-Mail address is segreteria@comune.bagnone.ms.it.

Population: The municipality of Bagnone had a popolation of 2.248 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 2.022 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of -10,05% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 1.005 families with an average of 2,01 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 130 and 1.861 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 1.731 metres.

Work and workers:There are 46 industrial firms employing 148 people that are the 28,41% of the total of the workers. There are 42 service firms employing 71 people that are the 13,63% of the total of the workers. There are also 59 firms employing 148 people that are the 28,41% of the total of the workers. There are also 24 administrative offices emplying 154 workers that are the 29,56% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 521 workers, that are the 25,77% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Bagnone rises along the homonymous torrent in the Lunigiana area.

The local economy is mainly based on agricultural productions and on cattle breeding. Bagnone is famous as a fine resort for summer holiday thanks both to the beauty of the place and to the presence of numerous fine hotels.

The place name comes from the Latin "balneum" that literally means "bath", with probable reference to the bathing activity practised to the close torrent, or from the same torrent name.

Photo © Wikipedia Torrente di Bagnone

The first human traces in the area of Bagnone go back to the Prehistoric Age but the first historical data start on the VI - VII-th century A. C.. At that time the first houses were built along the torrent along which a flourishing trading activity was already developed.

An official document dating back to the beginning of the XII-th century testifies the presence of a castle used to control the trades and the enemy coming (under the Malaspina's jurisdiction).

During the next years the territory of Bagnone was divided into three marquisates, each one was assigned to each son of Nicolò called the "Marchesotto" (Marquis).

Along the XIV-th century the village was dominated by the Visconti's family from Milan, being this latter in a quarrel with the Republic of Florence in order to contrast the Florentine territorial expansion.

After the period of the Milan domination, in XV-th century Bagnone entered the domains of the Republic of Florence, being first under the domination of the Medici's Grand Dukes and then under the Lorena's one.

During the Florentine domination the village of Bagnone experienced a period of economic prosperity thanks to the continuing development of the trading activities. The most important building that are still visible today were built at that time.

Photo © Wikipedia The Castle Treschietto

At the end of the XVIII-th century the territory of Bagnone passed and stayed temporarily to the Republic of Liguria up to the XIX-th century, when occurred the invasion of the territory operated by the Napoleonic troops.

Since 1814 Bagnone was part of the Milan Dukedom, under the Estensi's government, up to 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 Bagnone we point out here the Chiesa di San Niccolò (Saint Nicholas Church) and the Castello (Castle), that is the seat of the Humanistic Studies Centre "Niccolò V".

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Bagnone we remind here the traditional "Onion Festival" held yearly on May, during which it is possible to taste good courses based on the so called "onion of Treschietto", that is a very fine typical variety of onions.