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Buonconvento

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Buonconvento (ZIP code 53022) is 30,5 kilometers far from Siena, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Buonconvento has a population of 3.153 inhabitants (Buonconventini) and a surface of 64,74 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 48,70 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 147 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Via Soccini 32, phone ++39 0577 - 80971, fax ++39 0577 - 807212: the E-Mail address is info@comune.buonconvento.siena.it.

Population: The municipality of Buonconvento had a popolation of 3.103 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 3.153 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of 1,61% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 1.244 families with an average of 2,53 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 121 and 335 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 214 metres.

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Work and workers:There are 82 industrial firms employing 318 people that are the 38,41% of the total of the workers. There are 84 service firms employing 179 people that are the 21,62% of the total of the workers. There are also 92 firms employing 243 people that are the 29,35% of the total of the workers. There are also 19 administrative offices emplying 88 workers that are the 10,63% of the total of the workers.

There is a total of 828 workers, that are the 26,26% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Buonconvento rises at the confluence between the Arbia torrent and the Ombrone river.

The local economy is mainly based on agriculture and breeding of swines. There are also numerous shoe making, textile and for the artisan manufacturing of pottery's clay industries. The white truffles coming from Buonconvento is very famous.

The place name is related to the ancient presence on the territory of a building once hosted religious people.

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The first residential settlements in the area of Buonconvento probably go back to the Etruscan and Roman Ages. Despite this historical data about the foundation of the village, its development starts on the XII-th century, when the village already had a great importance as a place where the trading activities took place, promoted this latter by the closeness to the two rivers and to the important road known as "Via Francigena".

In the next century the village of Buonconvento was subdued by the Republic of Siena and elevated to the rank of Podestà's seat.

In 1313 the village was invaded by the army of the emperor Enrico VII, who died here in the same year.

Few years later Buonconvento was conquered first by the city of Perugia and then it came back again to the domains of the Republic of Siena. This latter operated an important work for the fortification of the village by building an imposing ring of walls, equipped with sighting towers.

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During the XV-th century started the rivalries between the two republics of Siena and Florence, wanting this latter to conquer the all domains of Siena.

After a long and bloody struggle that leaded in 1559 to the defeat of Siena, the village of Buonconvento was annexed to the domains of the Republic of Florence, of which Buonconvento shared its historical and polical events, passing first under the jurisdiction of the Medici's Grand Dukes and then under the influence of the Lorena's Dukes.

In 1800 the territory subdued the invasion of the French army leaded by Napoleone Bonaparte ended on 1814 with the assignment of Buonconvento to the Tuscan Grand Dukedom.

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

Among the most important monuments to see in Buonconvento we point out here the Parrocchiale di San Pietro (Saint Peter Parish), the Oratorio di San Sebastiano (Saint Sebastian Oratory), the Palazzo Ricci (Ricci Palace), hosting today the "Holy Art Museum of the valley of Arbia" and the "Ethnographic Museum of the Sharecropping".

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Buonconvento remind here the traditional "Treshing Feast" held yearly on July that evokes the ancient agricultural tradition of the town.