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Licciana Nardi

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Licciana Nardi (ZIP code 54016) is 45,1 kilometers far from Massa-Carrara, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Licciana Nardi has a population of 4.884 inhabitants (Liccianesi) and a surface of 55,95 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 87,29 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 210 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Piazza Municipio 1, phone ++39 0187 - 474014, fax ++39 0187 - 475503: the E-Mail address is comune.licciana@lunigiana.ms.it.

Population: The municipality of Licciana Nardi had a popolation of 4.418 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 4.884 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of 10,55% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 2.124 families with an average of 2,30 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 58 and 1.855 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 1.797 metres.

Work and workers:There are 97 industrial firms employing 519 people that are the 43,95% of the total of the workers. There are 137 service firms employing 322 people that are the 27,27% of the total of the workers. There are also 96 firms employing 220 people that are the 18,63% of the total of the workers. There are also 31 administrative offices emplying 120 workers that are the 10,16% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 1.181 workers, that are the 24,18% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Licciana Nardi rises in the lower Lunigiana area.

The local economy is mainly based on the production of cereals, vine grapes, fodders and on the breeding of bovines.

The place name probably comes from the compound of "Licciana", coming this latter from the Latin proper name of person "Licius", and of the specification "Nardi" added in 1933 in honour of Anacarsi Nardi (1800-1844), a patriot hero of the "Italian Risorgimento".

The territory of Licciana Nardi was populated since ancient times, due to its strategic position close to the city of Aulla and the Garfagnana area.

The official foundation of the village occurred around the XI-th century as a place where some trading activities with other close localities took place.

During the two next centuries Licciana Nardi consolidated under the jurisdiction of the Malaspina's Counts, who started to fortify the village by building a ring of walls equipped with towers, and an imposing castle.

Under the Malaspina's domination the village increased its economic and politic importance, becoming one of the main centre of the Lunigiana area.

From the XV-th and XVII-th century the ancient fortifications were restored whereas the Malaspina's Castle was transformed into a residential villa.

At that time, in addition to carry out a flourishing trade, the community of Licciana Nardi interested in the rural cultivations and especially in a valuable vine production.

The period of the Malaspina's domination lasted up to the beginning of the XIX-th century, when the Napoleonic troops invaded the territory, ending the feudalism.

The French occupation ended in 1814, when the Treaty of Vienna assigned Licciana Nardi to the Dukedom of Modena, governed this latter by the Estensi's family.

This started a series of rebellions against the Estensi's power lasting 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 Licciana Nardi we point out here the Chiesa Parrocchiale (Parish Church), the Monumento Funebre di Anacarsi Nardi (Anacarsi Nardi's Funerary Monument) and the Medieval Castles.

Among famous people who were borgn in Licciana Nardi we remind here the patriot Anacarsi Nardi (1800-1844), who distinguished for the brave proved during the insurrections that took place in Calabria.

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Licciana Nardi we point out the "Chestnut's Feast" held yearly on the third Sunday of October and during which it is possible to taste good typical courses based on chestnuts cooked, according to local traditional recipes.