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Costume parade in Pistoia
The Pistoiesi are very proud of their past. Founded in Roman times, such as Pistoria, Pistoriae, Pistorium, on an area where there were previous Etruscan settlements and, in the most mountainous areas of Liguria, became in the 2nd century BC an oppidum of Rome to support the Roman troops fighting against the Ligurians settled in the Apennine areas. The city is also mentioned by Sallustio, who reports the battle of 62 BC in which Catiline lost her life. Pistoia became an important bishopric in the 5th century and was conquered by the Goths, Byzantines, Lombards and Franks. At the passage of the powerful army composed of Germanic tribes led by the ostrogoto Radagaiso was partly destroyed. A couple of centuries later, under the Lombard domination, Pistoia was elevated to the rank of city and due to its geographical position, it experienced a significant demographic and economic development that continued even around the year 1000, when the city passed under the orbit of the German emperors. Pistoia became a free municipality in 1105, and in 1117 the statute of the consuls of the Municipality of Pistoia (Constitutum, consulum, Communis Pistoriae) was approved, the oldest written collection of laws, regulations and customs of the communal age, received by us. Important medieval Ghibelline center, supporter of the Holy Roman Empire, Pistoia was a long ally of Pisa and Siena. The geographical position, at the crossroads of great commercial routes, feeds the commercial vocation of the city, and starting from the 12th century, a very active merchant class emerges. This is considered the greatest splendor period in Pistoia. However, after an eleven-month siege, on 11 April 1306, Pistoia surrendered to the enemies of all time, the Florentines and the Lucchese, thus losing its autonomy.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16538 W: 130 N: 34170] (190453)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2019-09-29
  • Categories: Evénement
  • Exposition: f/0.9, 30 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2019-10-06 2:35
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