Seggiano

Seggiano
Comune di Seggiano
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Coat of arms of Seggiano
Coat of arms
Location of Seggiano
Seggiano is located in Italy
Seggiano
Seggiano
Location of Seggiano in Italy
Seggiano is located in Tuscany
Seggiano
Seggiano
Seggiano (Tuscany)
Coordinates: 42°55′N 11°33′E / 42.917°N 11.550°E / 42.917; 11.550
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
ProvinceGrosseto (GR)
FrazioniPescina
Area
 • Total49.6 km2 (19.2 sq mi)
Elevation
491 m (1,611 ft)
Population
(31 May 2009[1])
 • Total984
 • Density20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Seggianesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
58038
Dialing code0564

Seggiano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Grosseto in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) south of Florence and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of Grosseto.

The center is situated on the foothills of the north-western hills of Monte Amiata in a dominating position with respect to the underlying course of the Orcia river and its tributaries, Vivo and Ente.

Seggiano borders the following municipalities: Abbadia San Salvatore, Castel del Piano, Castiglione d'Orcia.

Near Seggiano is the "Giardino di Daniel Spoerri", a sculpture garden by the artist Daniel Spoerri.

Territory[]

The municipality covers an area of less than 50 square kilometres (19 sq mi), between the north-west slopes of the volcanic massif of Monte Amiata and a section of the Val d'Orcia, the point at which creeps from the province of Siena towards that of Grosseto. It is bordered to the north by the municipality of Castiglione d'Orcia and the province of Siena, in the east with the same province and the municipality of Abbadia San Salvatore, while to the south and west borders the town of Castel del Piano.

With the exception of units of low hill near the beds of rivers, the region extends mainly in hilly and mountainous odds, but good exposure allows the cultivation of a species of olive, Olivastra Seggianese, called up to elevations of low mountains, managing to produce an oil of excellent quality.

History[]

The center was built in the early 10th century as a possession of the abbey of San Salvatore al Monte Amiata, which gave a thousand years after the rights of the Abbey of Saint Antimo.

Seggiano was ruled from Siena starting in the second half of the 13th century, during which exerted strong influences of the Salimbeni family until the 14th and the 15th century onwards Ugurgeri. In 1555, the town became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Monuments and Architecture[]

Historical center[]

The medieval origins can be traced in the walls built, in large part, the exterior walls of some buildings, access to the village is possible through three doors: Porta di San Gervasio, Porta degli Azzolini and Porta del Mercato.

Cisternone[]

Is an old collector of rainwater, recently renovated, located in the town center. The interior of this old building is designed to accept an olive plant supported by steel cables that will feed water vapor.

Religious architecture[]

Includes San Bernardino following the transfer inside the shrine, with objects belonging to the saint, previously kept at the Convent of Colombaio. Inside are placed some paintings depicting saints.

Architecture military[]

Made from 10th century, define and enclose the entire medieval village, which can be accessed through one of three doors that open along the walls.

Is a medieval castle located a few miles downstream to the north-west of the country. The Castle, which shows signs of restructuring the Renaissance, is home to a renowned farm owned by the heirs of British writer Graham Greene.

Culture[]

Festivals and fairs[]

Olearie (oil festival)[]

In December there is the traditional Olive Festival during which you can taste local products and visit the historical monuments in the country, including the old mill recently restored and opened to the public. In addition, the City Hall hosts many conferences on the theme of food.

References[]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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