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Manciano is a charming village that sits on a hill in the heart of Maremma, at 444 meters above sea level. From the top of the hill one can see a unique landscape, no doubt both surprising and fascinating: the enchantment of nature, cultivated fields, vineyards, olive groves, the sea, with the coast of the Argentario promontory, and on the other side the mountains, with Mount Amiata in profile, which rises up to 1,738 meters. On a clear day from the top of the Fortress tower you can see the Tuscan islands and, in the distance, even Corsica.

The origins of the town are located in the high medieval period, although, in the country side, there is archeological evidence of the presence of the Etruscan and Roman populations.

It is pleasant to walk in this area, the oldest part of the burg. The narrow streets and the alleys tell the story of this quaint village, where noble families from Florence and Siena chose to keep their summer residences. You can still see traces, such as the coats of arms carved on the lintels framing the windows. Via Roma was once lined with workshops and shops. The insignia of a butcher’s shop and a tobacco shop from the old days remain to remind us of the intended use of this street. Today, in this part of the village, from spring to late September, the families who live here compete to decorate the sills and thresholds of their homes with flowers.

In the historic center of Manciano, you will also find some interesting and important monuments. In particular we want to mention the Church of San Leonardo, the main religious building of the village; the small Church of the Annunciation, which is just outside the walls; the fountain of Piazza Garibaldi, a monument in Art Nouveau style, built in the early 1900s by a famous local artist Pietro Aldi; the Senese Castle, or the Fortress, symbol of the village; and the Clock Tower, built during the rule of the Republic of Siena.