View of Pracchia Alta
|Elevation||616 m (2,021 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Dialing code||(+39) 0573|
|Patron saint||St. Lawrence|
Due to its position, the village hosted a customs between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal States. In 1524 began the construction of the first blast furnaces for the manufacture of iron from Elba island.
The village is located in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine Mountains, lesser than a km from the borders of Emilia-Romagna, between Pistoia (26 km south) and Bologna (81 km north). It is 1 km from Vizzero, 11 from San Mommè, 12 from San Marcello Pistoiese and 16 from Porretta Terme.
The settlement is crossed in the middle by the river Reno, that divides it into "Pracchia Alta" (Upper Pracchia) and "Pracchia Bassa" (Lower Pracchia). North of the village is located a zone named "Setteponti" (Seven Bridges), once known as "Mulino del Pillotti" (Pillotti's Mill), and seat of the ancient customs.
The village is served by a station on the Porrettana railway Bologna-Pistoia. It was the junction point of an abandoned narrow-gauge railway, the Ferrovia Alto Pistoiese (FAP) Pracchia-San Marcello Pistoiese-Mammiano, dismantled after 1965.
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