Origins and cultural identity

Signa, a community nestled between rivers, lakes and cultivated fields, seems to emerge from the ancient lake basin of Florence as an island of residual natural and artistic beauty, reflecting its role as a crossroads nerve done for centuries. Both the Arno that the bridge that crosses it, along with the proximity to the city of Florence, are in fact the main elements around which is built the city's identity. Not by chance in the arms of the City of Signa appear a river crossed by a bridge undisputed symbols of the events and spirit of the city's population Signa, devoted to trade, exchange and dissemination of their traditions, jealously guarded and handed down from generation to generation. Signa, who takes a careful look at its territory, in fact not only offers natural beauty as its many lakes, including that of the emerges Renai, or its hills covered with olive groves and vineyards, but also gives a rich repertoire of traditions and historical traditions and popular that every year come to life in festivals, celebrations and ceremonies, both religious and secular. The richness of these customs and traditions is surely attributable to its ancient origins. Its origin is to be traced back to very ancient origin, possibly Etruscan, although the first official document which speaks of Signa dates back to 964, and the donation of Pieve di Signa in Chapter Florentine by Raimbaut, bishop of Florence . As already mentioned, its events are closely intertwined with those of Florence: the proximity to the Tuscan capital, initially for clergy and religious reasons and later for strategic and commercial reasons, has characterized almost to the present day the history of Signa. Beginning in the battle for the possession of its territory between the Abbey and the powerful city of Florence in the twenties of 1200, resulting in victory for the city of Florence, the events between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the refusal of the militia Visconti in 1397 (episode that relives every year in commemoration of the September Festival), until the return of the Medici in Florence, Signa has always been at the center of economic and cultural life of the province of Florence, keeping the centuries and administrative autonomy statute - a testament to its importance - until the reform introduced by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo in the seventies of the eighteenth century, when Signa lost its independence, and was merged into the community of Fields. Moreover, the suppression of the administration Signa certainly could not erase the feeling of strong identity settled in the minds of its citizens, but rather served to reinforce it: it is testament to its short duration, since only from 1774 to 1808, when in Tuscany annexed to the Napoleonic Signa returned as being home to an autonomous administration. The traces of this history full of suggestions and references to religious and political, it's all carved in the town of Signa, starting with its castle, until the Churches and the churches - Santa Maria, San Lorenzo, San Giovanni - with their artistic heritage pictorial and architectural, which in any season, at various times of the year, once again heat up in the celebrations of the historical towns and thrilling experience to both residents and tourists, more and more, head to this location not far from the usual tourist routes the capital Florence.

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