Torrita di Siena

Torrita di Siena is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Florence and about 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Siena.

Torrita di Siena
Comune di Torrita di Siena
Panorama of Torrita di Siena
Panorama of Torrita di Siena
Coat of arms of Torrita di Siena
Location of Torrita di Siena
Torrita di Siena is located in Italy
Torrita di Siena
Torrita di Siena
Location of Torrita di Siena in Italy
Torrita di Siena is located in Tuscany
Torrita di Siena
Torrita di Siena
Torrita di Siena (Tuscany)
Coordinates: 43°10′N 11°46′E / 43.167°N 11.767°E / 43.167; 11.767
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
ProvinceSiena (SI)
FrazioniMontefollonico
Government
 • MayorGiacomo Grazi
Area
 • Total58.24 km2 (22.49 sq mi)
Elevation
325 m (1,066 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2014)[3]
 • Total7,522
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Torritesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
53049
Dialing code0577
WebsiteOfficial website

Torrita di Siena borders the following municipalities: Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, Sinalunga, Trequanda.

The most important event in Torrita di Siena is the "Palio dei Somari", a race among donkeys, which is run on Saint Joseph's Day (Torrita's patron saint) or the Sunday after this date.

HistoryEdit

The name "Torrita" appears for the first time on a code dated 1037. The castle, subject to the sovereignty and defense of the Republic of Siena, was protected by a wall equipped with squared towers and four gates: Porta a Pago, Porta Gavina, Porta Nuova and Porta a Sole. It was an advanced Siena stronghold ( castrum ) during the fight against Montepulciano. Later, in 1554, it was conquered by Florence and it was subject since then to the power of the Medici.

Starting from the beginning of the 20th century, Torrita di Siena saw a big economic development, especially in woodcraft manufacturing.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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