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Pescaglia

Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Tuscany  /  Province of Lucca  /  Pescaglia
Pescaglia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Lucca in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 70km northwest of Florence and about 15km northwest of Lucca.Pescaglia borders the following municipalities: Borgo a Mozzano, Camaiore, Fabbriche di Vallico, Lucca, Stazzema, Vergemoli.HistoryThe name Pescaglia is thought by some to derive from the Latin word ‘Pascualia’ meaning pastureland, and by others from the verb ‘pescare’ meaning to fish. Both relate to the abundant natural resources of the territory.While mention of Piscalia or Pascualia exist from Roman times the first specific record of the town is thought to be in documents relative to the ownership of property by the church of San Pietro in Rome dated around the 9th century.After this documents reveal that large parts of the comune were owned by the feudalist Rolandinghi of Longobard origin. These were succeeded by the Antelminellis during the period when Pisa dominated Lucca..Recorded control of the town and territory was achieved by Lucca in 1272 to protect their boundaries from the. Instruction to flatten the original castle was recorded in the Statute of 1308 in order to destroy any remaining feudalists. It is questionable if this order was carried out but is recorded that in 1584 the architect Vincenzo Civitali was given instructions to rebuild the castle. Pescaglia remained within control of Lucca from that period to today growing in size and importance.
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