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Comune di Sarsina
Cathedral of St. Vicinius.
Cathedral of St. Vicinius.
Coat of arms of Sarsina
Coat of arms
Sarsina is located in Italy
Location of Sarsina in Italy
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Forlì-Cesena (FC)
Frazioni Calbano, Pieve di Rivoschio, Quarto, Ranchio, Sorbano, Tezzo, Turrito
 • Mayor Malio Bartolini
 • Total 100 km2 (40 sq mi)
Elevation 243 m (797 ft)
Population (31 May 2007)
 • Total 3,659
 • Density 37/km2 (95/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sarsinati
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 47027
Dialing code 0547
Patron saint San Vicinio
Saint day August 28
Website Official website

is an Italian town situated in the province of Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. Its territory is included in the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines.


  • History 1
  • Main sights 2
  • Economy 3
  • Twin towns 4
  • See also 5
  • Sources 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Ancient Sarsina or Sassina was a town of the Umbri. Captured by Cornelius Scipio in 271 BC, it became later a municipium of the Roman empire. In 266 BC Roman consuls celebrated a triumph over the Sassinates. It is mentioned in the Fasti, and in the enumeration of the Italian allies of the Romans in 225 BCE the Umbri and Sassinates are mentioned, on an equal footing, as providing 20,000 men between them. It is possible that the tribus Sapinia (the name of which is derived from the river Sapis) mentioned by Livy in the account of the Roman marches against the Boii in 201 BC and 196 BC formed a part of the Sassinates.

The poet Plautus was native of Sassina. The town had a strategic importance, as inscriptions, preserved in the local museum, show. Its milk is frequently mentioned; it was the centre of a pasture district and it provided a number of recruits for the Praetorian Guard.

In the 10th century the bishops obtained the temporal sovereignty of the city and the surrounding district, which thus became a Venetians (1503–09).

In 1518 it was enfeoffed to the Pio di Meldola, passing later to the Aldobrandini.

Main sights

The city contains remains of several ancient buildings, one of which probably was the public baths. Furthermore, remains of temples and fortifications have been found, as well as a number of urns, pillars, bronze objects, etc.

The cathedral is a noteworthy monument, probably constructed around the years 1000–08, has been chosen as its official year of construction, so that there were festivities in 2008.[1]

Ennio Morricone on 25 August 2008 conducted his newest composition Vuoto d'anima piena, a work for vocals, an orchestra of 40 and a choir of 60 persons, in the cathedral-basilica for the first time.[2] The text is based on texts by the Persian mystic Rumi. The work was performed once again in Rome for Christmas 2010 by the orchestra and the choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

The Sanctury of San Vicinio is a place of veneration.


Besides agriculture and cattle breeding, the principal employments of the population are the sulphur and manganese industries. There are some charcoal deposits and sulphur springs.

Twin towns

See also




  1. ^ Cattedrale Sarsina - SARSINA 1008
  2. ^ [2]

External links

  • Official website
  • City of Sarsina

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