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Poggio a Caiano

Poggio a Caiano is an active, modern town situated on the banks of the Ombrone river in the middle of the Florence-Prato-Pistoia plain, at a point which is a crossroads for the whole area. The territory of the Commune is limited in size (5.97 km2) and comprises, in addition to the administrative centre, the localities of Bonistallo, Poggetto and Santa Cristina in Pilli. The population of the entire Commune is 10,019 inhabitants (2013). The town owes its fame to the magnificent Medicean Villa, UNESCO heritage, which since 2007 houses the Museum of Still-life Painting and dominates it from atop its hill. Annexed to the villa are the Medici Stables renovated in 2000, and now a multi-functional area which houses the Ardengo Soffici Museum. In a particular position is the Church of S. Francesco in Bonistallo. Noteworthy among the personages who were born in this town or lived here for many years are: Armando Spadini, Ardengo Soffici and Filippo Mazzei (deemed by historians one of the fathers of the American Declaration of Independence).