Legnago (Italian pronunciation: [leɲˈɲaːɡo]) is a town and comune in the Province of Verona, Veneto, northern Italy, with population (2012) of 25,439.[4] It is located on the Adige river, about 43 kilometres (27 mi) from Verona. Its fertile land produces crops of rice, other cereals, sugar, and tobacco.

Legnago
Città di Legnago
Cathedral of Legnago
Cathedral of Legnago
Legnago within the Province of Verona
Legnago within the Province of Verona
Location of Legnago
Legnago is located in Italy
Legnago
Legnago
Location of Legnago in Italy
Legnago is located in Veneto
Legnago
Legnago
Legnago (Veneto)
Coordinates: 45°11′40″N 11°18′45″E / 45.19444°N 11.31250°E / 45.19444; 11.31250
CountryItaly
RegionVeneto
ProvinceVerona (VR)
FrazioniCanove, Casette, Porto, San Pietro, San Vito, Terranegra, Torretta, Vangadizza, Vigo[1]
Government
 • MayorClara Scapin
Area
 • Total79.66 km2 (30.76 sq mi)
Elevation
16 m (52 ft)
Population
 (31 August 2017)[4]
 • Total25,204
 • Density320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Legnaghesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
37045, 37040
Dialing code0442
Patron saintSaint Martin
Saint dayNovember 11
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

Traces of human presence in the area date back to the Bronze Age.

Legnago had an important military role since the early Middle Ages. In the 19th century it was one of the Quadrilatero fortresses, the main strongpoint of the Austrian Lombardy-Venetia puppet state during the Italian Wars of Independence. The present fortifications were planned and made in 1815, the older defences having been destroyed by Napoleon I in 1801.

GeographyEdit

Located in the southwestern corner of its province, near the borders with the ones of Rovigo, Padua and Vicenza, Legnago borders with the municipalities of Angiari, Bergantino (RO), Bonavigo, Boschi Sant'Anna, Castelnovo Bariano (RO), Cerea, Minerbe, Terrazzo and Villa Bartolomea. It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Canove, Casette, Porto, San Pietro, San Vito, Terranegra, Torretta, Vangadizza and Vigo.[1]

Main sightsEdit

  • Church of San Salvaro (12th century).
  • Cathedral (Duomo), from the 18th century.
  • The Torrione ("Grand Tower"), dating from the 14th century, the only surviving tower from the old medieval walls.

CultureEdit

In honour of Legnago's most famous native, the composer Antonio Salieri, there is a Salieri Opera Festival every autumn sponsored by the Fondazione Culturale Antonio Salieri and dedicated to rediscovering his work and those of his contemporaries. A theatre in Legnago has also been renamed in his honour.[5]

PeopleEdit

SportEdit

The local football club is the F.C. Legnago Salus S.S.D..

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b (in Italian) Municipal statute of Legnago
  2. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b (in Italian) Source: Istat 2012
  5. ^ "Salieri Opera Festival". Teatro Salieri (in Italian). Archived from the original on 6 June 2010.

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