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Comano

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The town of Comano

Comano (ZIP code 54015) is 54,7 kilometers far from Massa-Carrara, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Comano has a population of 793 inhabitants (Comanini) and a surface of 54,69 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 14,50 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 530 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Via Roma 17, phone ++39 0187 - 484205, fax ++39 0187 - 484108: the E-Mail address is comune.comano@lunigiana.ms.it.

Population: The municipality of Comano had a popolation of 860 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 793 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of -7,79% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 353 families with an average of 2,25 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 300 and 1.904 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 1.604 metres.

Work and workers:There are 27 industrial firms employing 63 people that are the 32,14% of the total of the workers. There are 19 service firms employing 30 people that are the 15,31% of the total of the workers. There are also 26 firms employing 83 people that are the 42,35% of the total of the workers. There are also 11 administrative offices emplying 20 workers that are the 10,20% of the total of the workers.

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The Castle of Comano

There is a total of 196 workers, that are the 24,72% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Comano rises along a valley placed at the bottom of the Camporaghena Alp, along the course of the Taverne torrent.

The economy of the town is mainly based on the sheep-farming and the cultivation of chestnut-trees.

The first settlements in the area of Comano go back to very ancient ages but the first historical data testifying the presence of a village in the territory date back to IX-th century.

The data about the etimology of the place name are short: it could come from the proper name of person "Cumanus" or it could be a variant of the Latin word "decumanus" with the meaning of "boundary of the land from East to West".

During XI-th century Comano entered the domains of the important aristocratic Estensi family and it was subdued to them up to the beginning of XIII century, when the village became a Malaspina’s feudal property. At that time they were Lords of Massa and of the whole territory of the Lunigiana for one more century.

During Malaspina’s domination the inhabitants of Comano tried to rebel to the feudal domination, finding a support in the influential bishopric of the close Luni. They organized a strong resistance against the Lords of Massa that ended suddenly with the coming of Florence to the territory and the consequent subduing of Comano to the Florentines.

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The Church of Sangiorgio

Under the domain of the Florentine Republic with the Grand Dukes Medici's family Comano experienced a great phase of political stability and economic growing.

During XVIII-th century Francesco I of Medici decided to unify all the little villages of the area, including the village of Comano, under the municipal jurisdiction of the town of Pontremoli.

Since the beginning the communal life of those joined communities was difficult and there were both peaceful and internal war periods and also conflicts with the close villages caused by the definition of the boundaries among their territories.

After the Napoleonic invasion of the whole region occurred on the end of XVIII-th century, the territory of Comano was added to the Tuscan Grand Dukedom until the Unity of Italy occurred on 1861 for the will of the King Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia.

Among the most interesting monuments to see in Comano we point out here the Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta (Saint Mary Assunta Parish), the remains of the Castello di Comano (Castle of Comano), the remains of the Castello di Groppo San Pietro (Castle of Saint Peter Groppo) and the borgo Camporaghena (Camporaghena village).

Among several celebrations taking place periodically in Comano we point out the painting exhibition held every year on August and that gathers the local painters' paintings.