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Valdicecina has always been united under only one diocese, that of Volterra, whose existence was reported already in the 5th century. Even if the majority of the most ancient churches still existing today were not founded before the 10th century, there are still some, such as the Duomo of Volterra, that we know were even more ancient.
The religious administration of the territory was entrusted by the bishop to the deans of the ‘pievi’ (churches); the ‘pievi’ are generally more important and richer churches. They had the task of overseeing a certain area of the diocese and under them there may have been other minor churches called suffragan churches.