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Abbey of San Galgano: one of the most important Gothic-Cistercian abbeys in Italy

The Abbey of San Galgano is easily to reach from Siena taking the state road n.73 in direction of Rosia and Frosini. Four kilometers before arriving to Monticiano turn to right on road n.441 for Massa Marittima and after 2 kilometers turn on the left for the road that leads to the Abbey. The remains of this abbey, with Latin ...

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Chiusdino: a fortified medieval village in the Val di Merse

Chiusdino (almost 2,000 inhabitants) is located in the province of Siena, from which is 37 km away, it’s an interesting medieval village perched on a hill in the Colline Metallifere (Metalliferous Hills) 564 meters above sea level, overlooking the Val di Merse. The first evidence on Chiusdino date back to medieval times, it appears that during the Lombard era, between ...

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Pia Bridge (Ponte della Pia): a medieval bridge along the river Rosia

Along the road SS n°73 that from Siena leads to Roccastrada, a few kilometers after passing the village of Rosia, before the junction with the road SS. No. 541, is located, on the left of the road (coming from Siena) the Pia Bridge (Ponte della Pia). The bridge, that with a single arch, crosses the river Rosia, was once one ...

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