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The town of Tresana

Tresana (ZIP code 54012) is 39,4 kilometers far from Massa-Carrara, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Tresana has a population of 2.055 inhabitants (Tresanesi) and a surface of 44 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 46,70 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 112 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Via Roma 1, phone ++39 0187 - 477112, fax ++39 0187 - 477449: the E-Mail address is

Population: The municipality of Tresana had a popolation of 2.171 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 2.055 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of -5,34% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 886 families with an average of 2,32 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 66 and 980 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 914 metres.

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The castle of Tresana

Work and workers:There are 28 industrial firms employing 84 people that are the 28,19% of the total of the workers. There are 44 service firms employing 74 people that are the 24,83% of the total of the workers. There are also 39 firms employing 90 people that are the 30,20% of the total of the workers. There are also 15 administrative offices emplying 50 workers that are the 16,78% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 298 workers, that are the 14,50% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Tresana rises along the right bank of the Magra river, in the Lunigiana area.

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

The place name probably comes from the Latin proper name of person "Tresius", to which the suffix "-ana" was added to indicate "belonging".

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The church of Quirico e Giulitta

The foundation of the village of Tresana occurred during the Longbard colonization of the territory and its consolidation occurred during the Early Middle Ages.

During the middle of the XII-th century the emperor Federico Barbarossa granted the property of the village to the Malaspina's family, powerful feudatories who imposed their jurisdiction on the whole territory of the Lunigiana.

Later the village was subdued to the domination of the Giovagallo, belonging to the Malaspina's family, who held the control of Tresana up to the middle of XIV-th century.

During the middle of the same century the feudal property of Tresana was confirmed to the Malaspina's family by an imperial edict issued by the emperor Massimiliano II.

Since the beginning the main economic activities of Tresana were the agricultural cultivations, from which the main means of sustenance came. Due to its geographical position the locality was excluded by the flourishing trades taking place in the same area.

This allowed to the Florentines and the Genoans to rouse the population of Tresana against the Malaspina's feudal power. This latter was chased away in the middle of the XVII-th century when, after a popular rebellion, the village of Tresana decided to put itself under the protection of the Republic of Florence.

The village of Tresana was then bought by Bartolomeo Corsini, belonging to a noble Florenine family, who held the control of the village up to the beginning of the XIX-th century, first under the direct influence of the Medici's Grand Dukes and then under that one of the Lorena's Dukes.

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A particular of Tresana

After the French invasion of the territory, ended on 1814, Tresana was gave to the Dukedom of Modena, under the government of the Estensi's family from Ferrara.

In 1861 Tresana was annexed to the Reign of Italy by the King Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia.

Among the most important monuments to see in Tresana we point out here the Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta (Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish), the Castello di Giovagallo (Giovagallo's Castle) and the remains of the Medieval fortifications.

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Tresana we remind the traditional "Chestnut Festival" held yearly on October and during which it is possible to taste the fine typical local courses made by chestnuts and accompanied by the good local wine.