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Lari

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Lari (ZIP code 56035) is 32 kilometers far from Pisa, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Lari has a population of 8.084 inhabitants (Larigiani) and a surface of 45,14 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 179,09 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 130 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Piazza V. Emanuele Ii 2, phone ++39 0587 - 687511-14, fax ++39 0587 - 684246: the E-Mail address is sindaco@comune.lari.pi.it.

Population: The municipality of Lari had a popolation of 7.855 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 8.084 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of 2,92% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 2.978 families with an average of 2,71 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 10 and 212 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 202 metres.

Work and workers:There are 477 industrial firms employing 2.078 people that are the 58,01% of the total of the workers. There are 292 service firms employing 669 people that are the 18,68% of the total of the workers. There are also 196 firms employing 635 people that are the 17,73% of the total of the workers. There are also 61 administrative offices emplying 200 workers that are the 5,58% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 3.582 workers, that are the 44,31% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Lari rises on a hill placed in the valley extending along the left bank of the Era river.

The local economy is mainly based on the production of vegetables, fruits and wine.

The place name probably comes from the Latin proper name of person "Larius".

The first settlements in the territory of Lari go back to the Etruscan and Roman Ages, as testified by the numerous archaeological finds came to light and dating back to that period.

After the collapse of the Roman Empire the territory was dominated first by the Longbards and, during the Early Middle Ages, by the Diocese of Lucca.

Some centuries later the village was quarrelled for a long between the cities of Lucca and Pisa. This latter won the quarrel.

At that time the Upezzinghi's local family imposed its hegemony on the village, being supported by the Republic of Pisa, even if the village was still under the influence of the Bishopric of Lucca.

During the XIII-th century the Upezzinghi made some popular rebellions against the Republic of Pisa so to break the Pisan power but they were defeated and exiled.

At the end of the same century the village of Lari became the seat of the "Captainship of the Lower Hills", being this latter under the direct control of Pisa.

Although the Pisan power was consolidated on the territory of Lari, the recurrent incursions of bandits and robbers weakened the Pisan influence and the successive spreading of plagues caused the definitely collapse of the Pisan power.

At the beginning of the XV-th century the village of Lari entered the domains of the Republic of Florence, being this latter governed by the Medici's Grand Dukes.

Since the beginning the inhabitants of Lari tried to escape from the Florentine influence but the village remained annexed to the Florentine countryside.

During the Florentine domination Lari became the seat of a Vicarship including three large Podestà's seats. Lari increased its importance in 1772, when the Lorena's Dukes transformed it into the "Mayor Vicarship" by comprising some additional close territories.

In 1848, under the domination of the Lorena's Dukes, the Vicarship was abolished. In 1861 Lari was annexed to the Reign of Italy by the King Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia.

Among the most important monuments to see in Lari we point out here the Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Leonardo (Saint Leonard Parish Church), the Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento (Holiest Sacrament Oratory), the Loggia del Mercato (Gallery of the Market), the Palazzo dei Vicari (Vicars Palace) and the Palazzo Leoli (Leoli Palace).

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Lari we remind the "Cherries Festival" held yearly on May and during which it is possible to attend numerous stand where it is possible to see about nineteen different kind of cherries. It is also possible to taste the fine sweeties and liquors coming from the same fruit.