Fucecchio and Indro Montanelli
Fucecchio (pronunciation: Fucécchio, Ficeclum) is a town in the metropolitan city of 23,496 Italian in Florence in Tuscany, in the lower Valdarno.
The municipality lies on the right bank of the Arno River, the border between the provinces of Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Pistoia and near the wetland Padule di Fucecchio.
Its territory covers 65 km ², on average about 25 m a.s.l.; the country extends partly set on a hill, which since ancient times has taken the name of “Poggio Salamartano”, and for the most part in the flat area located on its slopes.
Situated about 45 km from Florence and 38 from Pisa, inserted in the area of leather, bordered on the North by the municipalities of Chiesina Uzzanese and Ponte Buggianese, on the East by the municipalities of Larciano and Cerreto Guidi, to the South by the municipality of San Miniato and on the West by the municipalities of Santa Croce sull’arno, Castelfranco di Sotto and Altopascio.
Through Fucecchio transiting the ancient Via Francigena. In the Middle Ages so the town grew significantly in relation to the path that leads from Rome to France and the Santiago and vice versa. The Francigena ran through the entire Arno Valley, from South of the Arno from Borgo San Genesio, heading Northwest, towards Ponte a Cappiano, Altopascio, Porcari, Lucca. Sigeric’s itinerary, Fucecchio represented the 23RD stage (Mansio), along with the nearby Ponte a Cappiano and the area was defined by the Archbishop of Canterbury Arne Blanca.
On August 23, 1944 fractions of Oaks and Massarella were among the places affected by the massacre of the Padule di Fucecchio in which the 26th Panzer Division of the German army killed a total of 174 civilians Nazi (of which only one partisan).
It was the birthplace of Indro Montanelli, Italian journalist, essayist and playwright. For about four decades became the man-symbol of the Italian newspaper, il Corriere della Sera, and for twenty years he conducted another major Italian daily newspaper, founded by himself, the newspaper. He was the author of a series of books of popular history. In each of these roles was able gain a large following of readers.