Santo Stefano di Magra

Santo Stefano di Magra (Ligurian: San Steva, Lunigiano Emilian: Sa' Steu[3]) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southeast of Genoa and about 11 kilometres (7 mi) northeast of La Spezia. It is located near the confluence of torrent Vara into the Magra river. It is part of the Montemarcello-Magra Natural Regional Park. It has an entrance and exit to the toll-paying "Autostrada"

Santo Stefano di Magra
Comune di Santo Stefano di Magra
Piana di Santo Stefano Magra.JPG
Coat of arms of Santo Stefano di Magra
Location of Santo Stefano di Magra
Santo Stefano di Magra is located in Italy
Santo Stefano di Magra
Santo Stefano di Magra
Location of Santo Stefano di Magra in Italy
Santo Stefano di Magra is located in Liguria
Santo Stefano di Magra
Santo Stefano di Magra
Santo Stefano di Magra (Liguria)
Coordinates: 44°10′N 9°55′E / 44.167°N 9.917°E / 44.167; 9.917Coordinates: 44°10′N 9°55′E / 44.167°N 9.917°E / 44.167; 9.917
CountryItaly
RegionLiguria
ProvinceLa Spezia (SP)
FrazioniPonzano Magra, Ponzano Belaso, Ponzano Superiore
Government
 • MayorJuri Mazzanti
Area
 • Total14.0 km2 (5.4 sq mi)
Population
 (31 May 2007)[2]
 • Total8,463
 • Density600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Santostefanesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
19037
Dialing code0187
Patron saintSt. Stephen Protomartyr
Saint dayAugust 3

The municipality of Santo Stefano di Magra contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Ponzano Magra, Ponzano Belaso, and Ponzano Superiore.

Santo Stefano di Magra borders the following municipalities: Aulla, Bolano, Sarzana, Vezzano Ligure.

HistoryEdit

Founded before 1000 AD, Santo Stefano is remembered as a marketplace in 981 by Emperor Otto II and in 1185 by Emperor Frederick I. It was a stage across the Via Francigena, with a hospice housing pilgrims and travellers.

Around 1200 it is first mentioned on a written source, in the event of the peace between the Malaspina family and the bishops of Luni.

Main sightsEdit

The town is divided into two parts by the old central road, and enclosed by powerful late Renaissance walls. The church dedicated to St. Stephen was built in the 18th century over a medieval pieve.

Demographic evolutionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. ^ Frisoni, Gaetano (1910). Dizionario Genovese-Italiano e Italiano-Genovese (in Italian). Genoa: Nuova Editrice Genovese.

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Landscape around Santo Stefano di Magra and Ponzano with agriculture in Piana di Ceparana and Magra river upstream