Inhabitants in 1991: 2.034
mountainous territory in the high Val di Lima, the municipality of Piteglio
extends for 50,05 square kilometres. Feudal centre, then Seat of Podesta
office, it became a community with the administrative reforms of Pietro
Leopoldo, it reached its present day aspect in 1939 with the aggregation
of the district of Prunetta detached from the municipality of Pistoia.
Piteglio, which is said to have been founded by the Liguri as
military garrison, was at least from the XII century a fortified centre,
feudal to the Guidi Counts of Modigliana and this is confirmed, together
with that of the nearby castle of Popiglio, by Imperial Certificates by
Arrigo VI in 1191 and Federico II in 1220 and 1247. It became part
of the district of Pistoia assuming a form of municipal government
with its own Podesta having jurisdiction also on the castle of Popiglio.
In the second half of the 1300s it became part of the Captaincy of the
Pistoia Mountains and suffered more resurgences until the beginning
of the 1500 with hardships and sorrows of the interminable civil struggles
of the Panciatichi and the Cancellieri which raged through the Pistoia
territory. In 1538 Cosimo I managed to establish the definitive stretch
of borders with the republic of Lucca after a long contest.
Places to visit:
S. Maria Assunta, erected in the XIII century and transformed
several times. Has an ancient tower of the castle as its bell tower.
The interior holds precious vestments.
Historical info reproduced upon authorization of Regione Toscana - Dipartimento della Presidenza E Affari Legislativi e Giuridici
Translated by Ann Mountford