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Radicondoli

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Radicondoli (ZIP code 53030) is 48,8 kilometers far from Siena, that is the Chief Town of the homonymous province to whom the municipality belongs.

Radicondoli has a population of 978 inhabitants (Radicondolesi) and a surface of 132,16 square kilometers thus showing a population density of 7,40 inhabitants per square kilometer. It rises 509 metres above the sea level.

The City Hall is located in Via T. Gazzei 22, phone ++39 0577 - 790903, fax ++39 0577 - 790577: the E-Mail address is info@comune.radicondoli.siena.it.

Population: The municipality of Radicondoli had a popolation of 1.032 inhabitants accordingly to the results of the national census made in 1991. After the national census made in 2001 the population was 978 inhabitants, thus showing during the years 1991 - 2001 a percentual variation of -5,23% inhabitants.

The inhabitants are distributed in 410 families with an average of 2,39 people per family.

The place: The territory of the municipality lies between 164 and 1.014 metres above sea level.

The altimetric spawn is thus of 850 metres.

Work and workers:There are 23 industrial firms employing 91 people that are the 39,74% of the total of the workers. There are 17 service firms employing 24 people that are the 10,48% of the total of the workers. There are also 24 firms employing 54 people that are the 23,58% of the total of the workers. There are also 14 administrative offices emplying 60 workers that are the 26,20% of the total of the workers.

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There is a total of 229 workers, that are the 23,42% of the inhabitants of the municipality.

Radicondoli rises on a prominence of the Metallifere Hills dominating the high valley of the Cecina river.

The local economy is mainly based on woods, sheep-farming and on the activity of geothermal and electrical industries for the exploitment of the boric acid fumarole.

The place name comes from the compound of two German proper names of person "Radi" and "Cundulo" or "Cundilo".

It is supposed that the first settlements in the area of Radicondoli go back to the Etruscan and Roman Ages, whose traces were cancelled by the successive development of the village occurred during the Middle Ages.

The Castle of Radicondoli was under the influence of the Aldobrandeschi Counts, who in 1216 took the control and the property of the castle, annexing it to their domains.

Radicondoli was one of the first communities to organize into a free common and have proper statutes.

In 1221 the Castle of Radicondoli was gave to the Republic of Siena as a guarantee of the Aldobrandeschi's loyalty to the Republic of Siena.

Owing to break the alliance the Aldobrandeschi Counts and the Republic of Siena quarrelled for a long the village of Radicondoli, passing this latter from each other.

Between 1260 and 1269 the castle was occupied by the Guelphs (Papacy's supporters), who compelled the Republic of Siena to buy it. Few years later the castle was quarrelled among different branches of the Aldobrandechi's family up to the Florentine conquer of the village.

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In 1554 the village of Radicondoli was annexed to the Tuscan Grand Dukedom by Cosimo I of Medici. Once entered the Florentine orbit, Radicondoli developed its economy, being this latter based on agricultural activities.

The domination of the Medici's Grand Dukes lasted up to the XVIII-th century, when occurred the coming of the Lorena's Dukes to the power.

During the Lorena's domination the village of Radicondoli had an additional economic increasing thanks to the policy of the Lorena's Dukes, whose domination was interrupted by the French invasion of the territory occurred on the first decade of the XIX-th century.

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

Among the most important monuments to see in Radicondoli we point out here the Collegiata (Collegiate Church), the Pieve di San Simone (Saint Simon Parish), the Convento di San Francesco (Saint Francis Convent) and the Castello di Elci (Elci's Castle).

Among the numerous celebrations periodically taking place in Radicondoli we remind here the ancient "May First Fest" held on May first. The celebrations consists of outdoor walks and a parade of a music band playing and singing all day long.