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Montemurlo

Montemurlo is a modern town that has undergone significant industrial and demographic development in the last 30 years, with consequent changes in its economy, territory and culture. The territory of the Commune covers an area of 30. 66 km2 and has a population of 17.931 inhabitants (2012). Forming part of the Commune are the localities of Bagnolo and Oste. In spite of its continuous evolution, the area has conserved interesting historical-artistic testimonies on the surrounding hills of Monteferrato. The historic centre of the town stands atop a high hill, dominating the valley below. At the highest point of the hill, amid the verdure of its centuries-old park, rises the massive, austere Fortress of Montemurlo (14th century); in the town's little central square stands the Church of San Giovanni Decollato.
Worthy of note are the villas scattered on the municipal territory and belonged to the richest Florentine families. We remember Villa Pazzi at Parugiano, Villa Strozzi and Villa del Barone. These are private villas and only some can be visited on request.