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Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbadia San Salvatore (829 metres) is the largest town of Mount Amiata and is named after the famous Abey. The legend says that Ratchis, King of longobards, on his way to Rome was captured by the beauty and stopped in the woods of Mount Amiata to hunt. During his stay God appeared to him on a tree. The king decided then to have a crypt built in that place. The legend is represented in the frescos of the beautiful Abey where just like in the “ Buon Governo” in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena there are some painted examples of “cinta senese”.

The historical centre of Abbadia San Salvatore, still completely intact and authentic, is characterized by irregular alleys, portals in trachite, sounds and odors of the past. The old cinnabar mine has marked this towns history for almost a century. It has been worked from 1897 to the 70’s and today it’s possible to go over its history again in the museum in the clock tower.

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