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Unique former monastery for sale with tower and panoramic view near San Gimignano in Tuscany
This former 11th century monastery is located in the beautiful hills of Tuscany near San Gimignano between Siena and Florence. The first historical records date back to 1075, when the property was used as a monastery for the Vallombrosan monks and Benedictine nuns. In 1148 Pope Eugene III visited the monastery, blessed it and took it under his personal protection. Later the monastery was placed under the protection of San Gimignano. The monastery was abandoned in the middle of the 14th century and the historical records stored in San Gimignano end. It is believed that in the further course of history the nobility, later farmers and winery owners, took possession of it. The current owners uncovered the foundations of a mill and a Romanesque church. Parts of the church go back to the 9th century, archaeological findings on the property date back to 1000 B.C. Today the property consists of four buildings grouped around an inner courtyard of about 100 m². A covered dining area offers a wide view of the surrounding Tuscan countryside as far as the Apennines. The total living and utility area is approx. 560 m², which is currently divided into four apartments, a small museum as well as several cellars and storage rooms. All apartments have a living area, bedroom, kitchen and a bathroom. A future combination of the apartments and building parts to a modern living space is possible. A special feature is the 11 m high tower, which offers several superimposed rooms and on the top floor a small fireplace room with a wonderful view of the hills of Tuscany. The approx. 6,870 m² large plot of land with an old tree population and the inner courtyard offer many possibilities for staying outdoors. The property can serve as a noble family home, but it also offers enough space for befriended families and is also ideal for renting out the whole or parts of the property. Both the location and the property itself are unique.