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Situated 465 meters s.l.m. in a magnificent location in the center of villas, palaces and castles of Chianti, San Gusm is a fortified village dating from the fourteenth century. It features a compact, roughly circular in shape and surrounded by walls enclosing a set of highly evocative buildings, arched door and surmounted by crests.
The original name of the country was St. Cosmas and Damian, to whom is dedicated the church already documented in 1023. A second church, dedicated to SS. Annunziata, dating from the fourteenth century, and 'placed in other buildings.
Nearby are the eighteenth-century villa Arceno, with its big romantic park open to the public from dawn to dusk, Cetamura, an ancient Etruscan settlement at the headwaters of the river and Ombrone from the twelfth century, the fortified headquarters of the Siena defensive line, and Sestaccia, another important fortification which still exist the remains of a square tower and once a bastion to defend the door.
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