Pontassieve

Pontassieve

Home to interesting examples of architecture such as Palazzo Sansoni-Trombetta and San Giovanni church at Remole

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The municipality of Pontassieve takes its name from the bridge that connects Florence and the Val di Sieve (‘ponte’ means bridge ‘Sieve’ is the name of the river). The town has a population of 20 thousand inhabitants and is home to interesting examples of architecture such as Palazzo Sansoni-Trombetta and San Giovanni church at Remole.

The first written evidence concerning this area dates back to when the Quona family ruled over the region. They lived and ruled here from the end of the eleventh century to the end of the twelfth century when they decided to move to Florence. At that time it was common for the most important families to move to the large cities as a sign of their social standing. In 1207, the Quona family moved out of Pontassieve, selling almost all of their property to the bishopric of Florence.

Pontassieve was immediately seen as an area of enormous strategic importance and so the town was fortified. The while region was run from San Michele Arcangelo Castle which was developed towards the end of the fourteenth century. Parts of the original structure are still visible today. The town slowly grew as many traders and craftsmen settled there and the name ‘Pontassieve’, rather than ‘Castel di San Michele Arcangelo, came into common usage.

The most important period of growth for the town was undoubtedly in the eighteenth century. Under the rule of the Grand Duke Lorena, two new roads were opened that connected Pontassieve to Casentino and Romagna. Both trade and population increased. A railway line was laid in 1859 that connected Florence to Rome and which put Pontassieve firmly on the map. This railway line connection unfortunately came at a heavy price however as the town was devastated by bombing during the Second World War.

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