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Buonconvento

Listed under Medieval Towns in Tuscany, Italy.

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This pretty Tuscan comune amongst many sits south of Florence and south east of Siena in the watercolour scenery of the crete senesi.  I wonder if it's the scenery, the location between two important rivers and the medieval Via Francigena, or the lovely traditional Tuscan art in its small museum that gives the town its name: which translates to 'happy place'? It could be either, but this is an old town, and it could have been anything that made it happy - even the death of the German emperor Henry VII who died here in 1087 (people would have been happy because he had just recently conquered the town.).

The aforementioned art museum is one of the highlights, and the church, the architecture of the town hall and some of the noble town houses built around it, and the town's impressive enclosing walls, built by the Sienese in 1317, are the others.

Written by  Rachel.

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