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Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is a town and comune in the province of Lucca, Toscana, central Italy. It is located at the confluence of the Serchio and the Turrite Secca river, close to the intersection among the roads passing through the Apennine Mountains and the Apuane Alps.The local economy is mainly based on the production of cereals and on the activity of numerous chemical and textile industries.HistoryThe locality is quoted for the first time in an official document dating back to the 8th century with the name of "Castro Novo" .From the 13th century Castelnuovo di Garfagnana developed as a market town for its position close to rivers along which important trading activities took place. Later, in the 14th century, it developed under the jurisdiction of the city of Lucca.Since 1316 the control of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana was given to Castruccio Castracani, who built a bridge in order to join the castle to the village.At the beginning of the 15th century the inhabitants of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana rebelled against the domination of Lucca, putting themselves under the protection of the Estensi family of Ferrara in 1430. Under the Este control, the village gained in importance by becoming the first seat of Vicarship and then by building imposing religious buildings such as the actual Cathedral.
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