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Badia Tedalda

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Inhabitants in 1991 : 1,390

The Municipal territory of Badia Tedalda extends over an area of 119,06 square kilometres, on the Marche side of the Apennines. The centre is situated on a hill on the slopes of the Alpe della Luna. Originally the site of a Benedictine Abbey which controlled the Viamaggio pass between the Tevere valley and that of the Marecchia, a feudal centre, it became the capital of the municipality in 1775 ; at the end of the 1700s it was united with Santa Sofia di Marecchia, marquisate of Colloredo di Milano, even today a Tuscan island inside the Montefeltro district.

Tedalda Abbey - in the Byzantine period probably absorbed in the dominion of the six collective towns dominated by Ravenna - it was part of the feudal Ottone I bestowed on his vassal Goffredo di Ildebrando (967) as part of the so called Massa Verona. Subsequently dominated by the Counts of Montedoglio, between the end of the XIII century and the beginning of the XIV it was possessed by Uguccione and then by his son Neri della Faggiola, greatly helped by the support of the Visconti of Milano the main key of the anti-Florentines. Eventually it passed to Firenze, following destiny from the second half of the XV century, when the republic was victorious at the battle of Anghiari and cut off definitively the expansionist attempts of the Visconti in Toscana, annexing all the little local potentates who had supported the antifiorentine aims of the Dukes of Milano.

Places to visit :
S. Michele Arcangelo, parochial building on the remains of the castle. The interior holds valuable Terracotta glass panels from the 1500s.

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

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