Chiesina Uzzanese

Chiesina Uzzanese

Origins and development

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The municipality of Chiesina Uzzanese has been autonomous since 1963. Located in the Province of Pistoia, it currently hosts a population of 4,000 people.
 
Its name comes from the ancient parish church of Santa Maria della Neve, built around the middle of the nineteenth century.
 
The origins of the village date back to the thirteenth century, when it became a resting place for travellers journeying along two ancient crossroads of Etruscan and Roman origins. At that time, however, the surrounding landscape was rather unhealthy, because of its proximity to the Fucecchio swamplands. Extended development took place after the construction of a bridge over the Pescia river which occurred in 1435. In modern times, land reclamation efforts have done much to increase the area’s population.

The area’s first settlements were created at the turn of the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. In the eighteenth century, the municipality’s territory already hosted 1,500 people. Reforms issued in 1870 by Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine, leader of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, favoured further development of the area. Thanks to works funded by the Grand Duke, the town’s inhabitants were able to construct a drainage channel that ran out into the Arno. This project brought major fruition to a large portion of the area’s reclamation works.
 
Later, a more permanent arrangement was established thanks to building projects carried out in 1931-33. Fifty years later, Chiesina separated from the town of Uzzano and proclaimed itself an autonomous municipality.
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