The province of Arezzo (Italian: provincia di Arezzo) is a province in the Tuscany region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Arezzo. The province is bordered by the regions of Marche, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, and the provinces Siena and Florence of Tuscany.[2] It has an area of 3,233 square kilometres (1,248 sq mi), a total population of about 344,000 in 36 comuni (sg.: comune).[3][4]

Province of Arezzo
Flag of Province of Arezzo
Coat of arms of Province of Arezzo
Map highlighting the location of the province of Arezzo in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Arezzo in Italy
Country Italy
 • PresidentSilvia Chiassai Martini
 • Total3,233 km2 (1,248 sq mi)
 (31 August 2017)
 • Total343,676
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
 • Total€9.445 billion (2015)
 • Per capita€27,315 (2015)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Telephone prefixn/a
Vehicle registrationAR

The north of the province of Arezzo contains the Pratomagno and Casentino mountain ranges and valleys, and the southern areas of the region contain the fertile Tiber and Chiana valleys.[2] The province capital Arezzo was a major Etruscan urban centre known as Aritim, and a wall was built around the province in this period of rule. In Roman times, the settlement was given the Latinized name Arretium and expanded down from the hills. Arretium assisted Ancient Rome in the Punic Wars against Ancient Carthage. After attacks from barbarians, the settlement mostly disappeared in around 400 AD.[2]

Towards the end of the 11th century, the settlement grew again into a city, despite being located near the powerful nations of Siena and Florence. Its location led to its ownership changing repeatedly; Florence owned the province after the Battle of Campaldino, later lost authority over it, and then annexed it again in 1384.[2] Florence possessed the province until 1859, when Tuscany was annexed to the Kingdom of Sardinia during the Risorgimento. The province is in close proximity to Camaldoli, ancestral seat of the Camaldolese monks.[2]

The Romito di Laterina, the bridge in the background of the Mona Lisa, is located in the province of Arezzo, in the municipality of Laterina.[5]

Communes edit

The main comuni by population are:[4]

Comune Population
Arezzo 100,734
Montevarchi 24,119
Cortona 23,031
San Giovanni Valdarno 17,190
Sansepolcro 16,391
Castiglion Fiorentino 13,529
Bibbiena 12,735
Terranuova Bracciolini 12,172
Bucine 10,178
Cavriglia 9,282
Foiano della Chiana 9,423
Civitella in Val di Chiana 9,143
Monte San Savino 8,687

Government edit

List of presidents of the province of Arezzo edit

  President Term start Term end Party
Franco Parigi 1985 1990 Italian Communist Party
Mauro Tarchi 1990 1995 Democratic Party of the Left
Democrats of the Left
1995 1999
Vincenzo Ceccarelli 1999 2004 Democrats of the Left
Democratic Party
2004 2009
Roberto Vasai 2009 2014 Democratic Party
2014 2018
Silvia Chiassai Martini 2018 Incumbent Independent (centre-right)

References edit

  1. ^ Regions and Cities > Regional Statistics > Regional Economy > Regional Gross Domestic Product (Small regions TL3), OECD.Stats. Accessed on 16 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Roy Palmer Domenico (2002). The Regions of Italy: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-30733-1.
  3. ^ "Province of Arezzo". Comuni-Italiani. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Province of AREZZO". Urbistat. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  5. ^ Giuffrida, Angela (2023-05-03). "Italian historian claims to have identified bridge in Mona Lisa backdrop". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-06-20.

External links edit

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