Empoli

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Empoli
Comune
Comune di Empoli
Empoli is located in Italy
Empoli
Location of Empoli in Italy
Coordinates: 43°43′N 10°57′E / 43.717°N 10.95°E / 43.717; 10.95Coordinates: 43°43′N 10°57′E / 43.717°N 10.95°E / 43.717; 10.95
Country Italy
Region Toscana
Province Florence (FI)
Frazioni Marcignana, Pagnana, Avane, Pontorme, Corniola, Monterappoli, Fontanella, Ponte a Elsa, Pozzale
Government
 • Mayor Luciana Cappelli in Peruzzi (since June 13, 2004)
Area
 • Total 62 km2 (24 sq mi)
Elevation 28 m (92 ft)
Population (December 31, 2005)
 • Total 46,017
 • Density 742/km2 (1,922/sq mi)
Demonym Empolesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 50053
Dialing code 0571
Patron saint St. Andrew
Saint day November 30

Empoli is a town in Tuscany, Italy, about 30 km southwest of Florence. It is 30 m above sea-level, to the south of the Arno. The plain of the town has been usable for agriculture since Roman times. Empoli is on the main railway line from Florence to Pisa and is well joined with the city of Siena.

The Collegiata di Sant'Andrea.

Empoli has a long tradition as an agricultural centre. It has given its name to a local kind of artichoke.

History[change | edit source]

Empoli was already settled in the time of the early Roman Empire, and still existed in the 4th century AD. The river near the city was a good route for the trade of agricultural products, together with the local amphorae. Since the 8th century Empoli grew as a town around the castle, known as Emporium or Empolis. In 1119 it was controlled by Guidi. In 1182 it went under Florentine rule. In 1260, after the Battle of Montaperti, Empoli was the seat of a famous council in which Farinata degli Uberti opposed the destruction of Florence. Later Empoli became an important fortress.

Important places and monuments[change | edit source]

  • The Piazza Farinata degli Uberti, also known as Piazza dei Leoni ("Lions Square"), in the middle there is a fountain by Luigi Pampaloni (1827). Here lies the Collegiata di Sant'Andrea, the main city's monument.
  • The Palazzo Ghibellino is the former palace of the Guidi counts. It was probably built in the 11th century.
  • The Palazzo Pretorio was the Town Hall in the Middle Ages.

In the frazione of Pontorme is the house of the painter Pontormo.

Important people from Empoli[change | edit source]

Sport[change | edit source]

Empoli's main football team is Empoli F.C., which is currently playing in Serie B.

Twin cities[change | edit source]