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Tortona (Italy)
Country Italy
region Piedmont
province Alessandria  (AL)
Coordinates 44 ° 53 '  N , 8 ° 51'  E Coordinates: 44 ° 53 '0 "  N , 8 ° 51' 0"  E
height 122  m slm
surface 99.29 km²
Residents 27,248 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density 274 inhabitants / km²
Post Code 15057
prefix 0131
ISTAT number 006174
Popular name Tortonesi
Patron saint S.Marziano
Website Tortona

Tortona (in the local dialect Turtona ) is a town with 27,248 (as of December 31, 2019) inhabitants in the province of Alessandria , Piedmont region in Italy on the right bank of the Scrivia River .


Tortona lies at an altitude of 122  m above sea level. NN and has an area of ​​99.29 km² 26,678 inhabitants (as of October 31, 2005). The city also includes the independent settlements of Bettole, Castellar Ponzano, Mombisaggio, Torre Calderai, Passalacqua, Rivalta Scrivia, Torre Garofoli and Vho.

The city is the gateway to the Curone, Grue, Ossona and Borbera valleys. The neighboring municipalities are Alessandria , Bosco Marengo , Carbonara Scrivia , Carezzano , Castelnuovo Scrivia , Paderna , Pontecurone , Pozzolo Formigaro , Sale , Sarezzano , Spineto Scrivia , Viguzzolo , Villalvernia , Villaromagnano .


Cathedral Square and the Bishop's Palace (16th - 17th centuries)

The city is of pre-Romanesque origin and is located in the middle of wine-growing areas (see also the article Colli Tortonesi ). In 120 BC Tortona was founded under the name Colonia Iulia Dertona and was an important military base on the Via Postumia .

Tortona's diocese is one of the oldest in the world. According to tradition, the first bishop was St. Marziano, who, according to various sources, was crucified as a Christian martyr in 117 under Trajan or 120 under Hadrian . Even if the historical information about St. Marziano is insufficient and fragmentary, a Christian community certainly existed as early as the 2nd century.

Madonna della Guardia church

Today Tortona is an industrial and commercial city, a traffic junction that includes a scientific and technological park and the Rivalta Scrivia interim container storage facility.


Buildings of interest to tourists are: the church of Santa Maria Canale from the 11th century, the cathedral from the 16th century, and the bishop's palace, the theater (1842), the church of San Giacomo from the 17th century, the Capuchin Church, the tower of the Castle, Via Emilia and the old city center with the Palazzo Guidobono. South of Tortona is the 1180 built Cistercian - Kloster Rivalta Scrivia .

Santa Maria Canale, 11th century church

Town twinning

City partners are Privas in France and Jiangyin in China . The town twinning with Weilburg , Germany was ended in August 2008, the one with Zevenaar in the Netherlands had already ended.


After the city is wine-growing region of Tortonesi named. The geological stage of the Tortonian ( Miocene , Neogene ) was named after the city of Tortona.


Web links

Commons : Tortona  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.
  2. ^ Commune di Tortona , Official Statistical Information Service.
  3. ^ Roberto Milan. In: Sikart , accessed January 21, 2016.
  4. Roberto Milan in