Nave, Lombardy

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Comune di Nave
Nave is located in Italy
Location of Nave in Italy
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Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Brescia (BS)
Frazioni Cortine, Dernago, Mitria, Monteclana, Muratello, Sacca, San Cesario, San Rocco
 • Total 27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 236 m (774 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 11,126
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Navensi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 25075
Dialing code 030
Patron saint San Costanzo
Website Official website

Nave is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, Italy. Neighbouring communes are, from the south and clockwise: Brescia, Bovezzo, Concesio, Lumezzane, Caino, Serle and Botticino. It is located in the Garza valley.

The origin of the name Nave (Nàe in the local Lombard language) is not certain. Some[who?] maintain it comes from nava (cfr. English navel) meaning the valley basin in which Nave sits, others think it is a contraction from Latin nam vallis, wide valley [1]. Another possibility is it comes from Latin navis meaning ship (cfr. Italian nave with the same meaning) due to the overall shape of the town when seen from the Maddalena mountain. Notwithstanding this hypothesis being held as improbable, the coat of arms of the town sports a ship on it.

Originally Nave consisted in a series of loosely connected urban sections: Nave proper (Nave centro, Nàe), Campanile (Kampanìl), Cortine (Kurtìne), Dernago (Dernàk), Mitria (Mìtria), Monteclana (Monteklàna), Muratello (Möradêl) which eventually connected together following urbanization. This is reflected by the fact that Nave does not have a main square, which is very uncommon for an Italian town.

A Lombard language tongue twister plays on Nàe being both the name of the town and a past tense of the verb (English to go, Italian andare): en dè ke nàe a Nàe go 'nkontràt el prèt de Nàe, 'l ma dìt endò ke nàe me go dìt ke nàe Nàe, which can be translated as: I was going to Nave when I met the priest of Nave, he asked me where I was going and I told him I was going to Nave.