Inhabitants in 1991: 4.016
municipal territory of Uzzano extends for 7,82 square kilometres on the
medium hills of the Valdinievole, from where it dominates the plains basin
of the river Pescia. Free municipality then Seat of Podesta office,
it was constituted in community in 1775 and reached its present day aspect
in 1963 with the detachment of the district of Chiesina Uzzanese (aggregated
to Uzzano in 1895) which is now an autonomous municipality.
From the first years of the XIII century (but the fortified centre has
origins much older being documented as Castle de Mano from XI century)
there is testimony of Uzzano as municipality to the Consul regime,
even under the authority of Lucca. In 1339 after repeated waring episodes,
it became, together with many other Valdinievole centres, definitively
part of the Fiorentino State, to whom it continued to maintain faithful
subject, receiving periodically Fiorentini citizens as Podesta and Castiglian
of the fort, and in 1355 thwarting a traitorous plan which would have
allowed the Ghibellino di Pescia Giovanni Garzone, to become patron of
the castle: it instead fell into the hands of the rebel Piero Strozzi
at the time of the Medicea war for the conquest of Siena, in 1554, but
from there soon returned into the possession of the troops of Cosimo I
also for the decisive contribution of the Uzzanesi themselves.
|Places to visit:
Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo,
placed in the centre of the town, it is a severe 13-1400 construction.
Ss. Jacopo e Martino, Romanic church from 1200. Has an interior
rich with works of art.
Historical info reproduced upon authorization of Regione Toscana - Dipartimento della Presidenza E Affari Legislativi e Giuridici
Translated by Ann Mountford