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Signa

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A TOWN NEAR THE CONFLUENCE OF THREE RIVERS

Signa, a small municipality of the province of Firenze, is part of the so-called "plain" in the area of Florence and Fiorentina Area. The upper part of the municipality lies on the Hill featuring the Castle and remains of the ancient walls; the lower part lies on the Bank of the Arno River. Its territory is a succession of hills covered with olive groves and there are also many rivers and lakes. The most famous is the basin Renai while rivers that flow near the town are three: the Arno the Bisenzio and the Ombrone.

Its Etruscan origins should be but the first document where Signa is mentioned dates back to 964. This testimony about the donation by the Bishop of Firenze, of the parish Chiesa di San Lorenzo e San Giovanni Battista at Chapter fiorentino.

The historical center conserves "Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista", or Church of the Blessed, which houses a baptismal font inside of 1480. In piazza Cavour, is a Museum with Etruscan and Roman. In the "Oratorio di San Lorenzo", dating from the 9th century but rebuilt in the twelfth, fourteenth-century frescoes are visible and a beautiful pulpit from the 12th century.

 

Tradition and Typical products

Signa is a town rich in traditions and the most important historical celebration takes place in September. "La Fiera di Signa" and the "Palio degli Arcieri dei Popoli di Signa" recalls taking the castle by Gian Galeazzo Visconti in 1397. During the reenactment la "Rocca" comes alive with jugglers shows, parades and banquets with medieval food and wine.

 

Photo Credits [wikipedia.org]

 

 

 

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