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Tresana

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Inhabitants in 1991: 2.171

The municipal territory extends for 44,08 square kilometres in a hilly zone in the low Lunigiana. It originated as a castle of Lords, Tresana reached its present day extension in 1869 when the district of Riccò was detached from the municipality of Terrarossa and aggregated to it.

Tresana developed around a fort probably erected in the Longobarda era and conceded by Federico I to the Malaspina di Mulazzo in 1164. After having been part of the Marquisate of Giovagallo until the middle of the XIV century, with the extinction of this cadet branch it returned to the principal branch of the da Mulazzo. In 1565 with the investiture attributed by the Emperor Massimiliano II to Guglielmo Malaspina, it was considered officially constituted as feudal. The scarce resources of a territory thus limited made the Marquisate dynasty which reigned over it impose grave tax burdens on its subjects causing growing discontent, stirred up by the aims of Firenze and Genova.

Towards the end of the XVI century the Marquis Federico Guglielmo was accused of having coined false money, and was deprived of this dominion, however, it was restored to him a few years later. But the dynasty was on the road to decline. At the death of the last Marquis, in 1651, the population rebelled; after a period of Regency, Tresana and its territory was put up to auction and in 1660, was acquired by the Fiorentino Patrician Barolomeo Corsini for 123,200 Lire. The Lords of Corsini kept Tresana until the Napoleonic conquest. The Congress of Vienna then assigned Tresana to the Duke of Modena, under whom it remained until 1859. During the last war the partisan activity in the territory was notable.

Historical info reproduced upon authorization of Regione Toscana - Dipartimento della Presidenza E Affari Legislativi e Giuridici
Translated by Ann Mountford


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