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Inhabitants in 1991: 4.943

The municipal territory of Capannoli extends for 22,71 square kilometres in Val d’Era, on the base of the hills overlooking the influx of the river into the plain. The present day extension had its origins in the Medieval community which grew up over the centuries and particularly in the XVII century.

Even though certain recent finds seem to indicate a Roman origin, the most certain news of Capannoli is from the middle centuries of the Medieval. According to a document of 1119 it was already a fortified village, and resulted as possession, in XIII century, of a branch of the powerful family of the della Gherardesca: Ugolino III had in fact the title of Count of Capannoli in 1178. With the beginning of the 1300s there opened up a decade of agitation for the community: in the first place conquered by the troops of Guido da Montefeltro on behalf of Pisa, it passed under the control of the Pisana family dei Gambacorta, managing after that to get itself an autonomous municipal structure. Annexed for a brief period to the dominion of Firenze for the first time in 1348, Capannoli entered into the Fiorentino State in 1406, together with the city of Pisa and its counties. Again in 1832 it was described as a “village of picturesque beauty” and “divided into groups of comfortable and good dwellings interposed with villas”.

Places to visit:
Villa Boubon del Monte, elegant building in late Baroque style.

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

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