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Greve in Chianti

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Inhabitants in 1991: 11.139

The municipal territory of Greve extends for 169.04 square kilometres mostly in the middle and high hills of the valley of the same name between the Val d'Ema, Val de Pesa and the Chianti mountains. Seat of Office of a Podesta it became community in 1773 and to it was also aggregated that part of the territory formerly belonging to the League of Cintoia.

Greve during the Dark Ages developed itself as "market" of Monteficalle and the other neighbouring castles. Small agglomerate - until the middle of the 1400 it was not yet a Parochial Seat and in the census of 1551 the village counted only 92 inhabitants - it saw a rapid growth from the second half of the XVI century, certainly favoured by its geographical position, finding itself at the crossroad of the road which ran from Firenze to Chianti and that which ran from Valdipesa to Figline, and in consequence of its busy weekly market it developed the characteristic square which even today is still the heart of the town.

Then becoming capital of the League of Val di Greve and Podesta Seat of Office, in modern times it was already a centre of discreet importance ("the place is big and clean", wrote Pietro Leopoldo in 1773) and proceeded then in its growth to arrive at doubling its own inhabitants in the course of the 1800s. Many of the castles in its territory are rich in history , ancient possessions of eminent families of Firenze; other than the already mentioned Monteficalle (today Montefioralle) one notes also Panzano, the first documentation of which is in 1041 and was for a long time the most populated centre in the Val de Greve; Lamole and Uzzano , two of the tiniest castles of the area; Cintoia, today a deserted village, but an important settlement probably from the Longobarda era. Among the illustrious sons of the municipality was the politician Niccolo da Uzzano (1359 -1431) and the navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485 -1528).

Places to visit:
Piazza Giovanni da Verrazzano, its stretched out form, typical of a market, it is surrounded by Porticos. In some of the town's building can be seen the original 1200-1300 shapes.

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

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