Our Home Town
It would seem, however, that the town was founded by noblemen from the nearby Etruscan town of Chiusi who probably sought refuge here on the high, inaccessible hill (605m a.s.l) during the barbarian invasions. This is thought to be the origin of the town’s name: it was called “Mons Politus” (or ‘Mountain of the Nobles’) by the Etruscans which later became “Mans Politianus”. This first historically reliable document referring to the town by this name only dates back to the year 715. The magnificent town we see today — the ’16th-century gem’ — owes its splendor to longstanding preferred allegiance with the city of Florence over the (nearer) city of Siena.
The powerful city of Florence repaid the honor bestowed by this rich ally, the last outpost of southern Tuscany, by sending its leading artists to work here, particularly during the Renaissance.
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Thus famous architects like Antonio da Sangallo Il Vecchio, Michelozzo Michelozzi, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Jacopo da Vignola and Ippolito Scalza have left their indelible mark on this small city making it one of the most beautiful artistic towns in Tuscany. The legends surrounding the wine made here are particularly original, but sadly lacking in reliable historical documentation.
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