Arzergrande

Arzergrande, with the hamlet of Vallonga, is located in the southern plain in the province of Padua, in the hinterland adjoining the lagoon edge and is surrounded by the municipalities of Piove di Sacco, Codevigo and Pontelongo.
Although the many Roman finds discovered here, including Ionic and Corinthian capitals, column drums, and epigraphs, are evidence of an important Roman presence locally, there is no written trace of these two rural settlements during the first thousand years after Christ. It is not until medieval times that they are mentioned in documents concerning the surrounding area of Saccisica or Piovado di Piove di Sacco. The same period saw the monasteries of Venice playing a significant role here: the lagoon monastery of San Cipriano di Murano purchased and contributed to the drainage of large tracts of land, making an important contribution to local economic and social development while the Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice owned land in Vallonga. Later records document the farming activities of these two rural centres, albeit with many missing sections.

AREA (sq.km) 13,64
POPULATION * 4,113
DENSITY (inhabitants/sq.km) 301,47
OECD rural area (density < 150 inhabitants/sq.km) NO
* Inhabitants as of 21/10/2001, date of the 14th Population and Housing Census, ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics).

Sites worth seeing:
  • Casone Azzurro in Vallonga
  • Secondary school in Arzergrande
  • Parish church in Arzergrande, with an altarpiece of the “Presentation of Jesus in the Temple” by Luca Longhi.
  • Parish church in Vallonga
www.comune.arzergrande.pd.it

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