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Pontedera is in the Arno valley at the confluence of the Era River and the Arno River. It is across by Scolmatore channel and by Roglio, Era's tributary. It has a small lake in Pietroconti called Braccini lake.
On 11 June 1554, Pontedera was the scene of a pyrrhic victory in the last effort by the Republic of Siena to retain its independence. Piero Strozzi, commanding the Siense forces, won at Pontedera but this only led to his decisive defeat two months later at the Battle of Marciano and the end of the Senese independence.
Pontedera is the headquarters of the Piaggio company, which in the 1930s was a major aircraft manufacturer and which now manufactures motor vehicles such as the Vespa and the Ape.
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