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Filattiera

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Filattiera

Filattiera (ZIP code 54023) is 59,7 kilometers far from Massa-Carrara, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Filattiera has a population of 2.471 inhabitants (Filattieresi) and a surface of 48,93 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 50,50 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 213 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Via Santa Maria 7, phone ++39 0187 - 458310, fax ++39 0187 - 458407: the E-Mail address is info@comune.filattiera.ms.it.

Population: The municipality of Filattiera had a popolation of 2.583 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 2.471 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of -4,34% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 1.113 families with an average of 2,22 people per family.

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Castello Malaspina

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 134 and 1.852 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 1.718 metres.

Work and workers:There are 29 industrial firms employing 66 people that are the 24,91% of the total of the workers. There are 54 service firms employing 68 people that are the 25,66% of the total of the workers. There are also 42 firms employing 75 people that are the 28,30% of the total of the workers. There are also 17 administrative offices emplying 56 workers that are the 21,13% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 265 workers, that are the 10,72% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Filattiera rises in the Lunigiana area, close to the Magra river.

The local economy is mainly based on the production of cerals, potatoes and on the breeding of bovines.

The place name probably comes from the Greek Byzantine "phulakteria", with the meaning of "fortified place".

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Chiesa San Giorgio

The first residential settlements in the area of Filattiera go back to the Roman Age, after which the Byzantines colonized the territory. These latter built a castle, whose around the community gathered and started to build its own houses.

The locality was then conquered by the Longbards, who built the Parish of Sorano.

During the Early Middle Ages the local feudatories of the Malaspina's family got the control of the village. At that time the village of Filattiera was already fortified and the new lords had just to restore the existing imposing fortification.

Some years later the property of the village was divided among the different heirs of the Malaspina's family, who continued to exercise their influence up to the XVI-th century, when Manfredi Malaspina preferred to sell the property of Filattiera to the Republic of Florence rather than to contrast the coming of the Spanish troops to Tuscany.

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Santo Stefano - Interno

Since the beginning of the XVII-th century the village of Filattiera entered the possessions of the Republic of Florence, being this latter governed by the Medici's Grand Dukes. Owing to the Medici a phase of economic prosperity started and lasted even during the domination of the Lorena's Dukes.

This latter came to the power at the beginning of the XVIII-th century and gave an additional impulse to the economy thanks to numerous reforms aiming to reclaim the territory.

After the invasion of the territory, operated at the beginning of the next century by the Napoleonic troops, the village of Filattiera entered the Tuscan Grand Dukedom until 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 Filattiera we point out here the Chiesa di San Giorgio (Saint George Church), the Pieve of Sorano (Parish of Sorano) and the remains of the Medieval village.

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Filattiera we remind the traditional "Saint Anthony's Bonfire" held yearly on January 16th in honour of the Patron Saint.