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The Podestas of Radda


From 1300 onwards, the political and administrative organization of Tuscany was hinged around a special institution known as the Podesteria.

The areas ruled by the Podestas varied in size Cialis according to each particular geographic, political or military situation as well as on their distance from the border; apart from normal tasks of civil justice, they were often called upon to administer criminal justice as well.

If we want to try and compare the figure of the Podestà with a modern administrator, we could perhaps consider him as a sort of Mayor who was also fully empowered to act as a Magistrate, the only difference being that he only stayed “in office” for 6 months.

The various functions the Podestà carried out during his period in office were regulated by the statutes passed by the League of that particular district, as well as by special laws that were made for individual matters.
This ancient First Citizen lived in the Castle of Radda from the time of the foundation of the Chianti League in around the mid 13th century; one of the League’s first books of statutes in fact declares that the Podestà “must remain in residence at the Castle of Radda for his entire term of office”.

The Podestà’s installation in office took place after swearing a solemn oath “in the presence of the notaries” in the Church of San Niccolò; after this he assumed complete power, and his rule stretched as far as Gaiole and Castellina.


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