Life of Italian Nobility for Sale, Complete With Regulations and Taxes

Jan 31, 2015 653

by Gaia Pianigiani

Nestled on a gentle Tuscan hill near this town just east of Florence, and caressed by the morning fog, sits a medieval castle that was once home to the few prominent noble families who plotted against the Medicis' rule during the Renaissance, some of whom are believed to have taken refuge here.

For centuries after, the descendants of the nobles and the peasants who served them lived sheltered by the fortress's crenelated walls or in the nearby country houses, and went to Mass in a rose stone church.

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