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Nestled within the walls of Sant’Antimo Abbey near Montalcino, the Church of San Paolo stands more as a testament to the Medici family’s wealth than as a place of worship. Constructed between 1470 and 1486, its cost escalated to four times the original budget. Rumour has it that Giovanni de Medici, who later ascended as Pope Leo, quipped that purchasing a seat in heaven was pricier than one in the government.

The church is believed to house the remains of Cosimo de’ Medici, who oversaw the completion of the Duomo in 1436, crowned with its iconic dome. This architectural wonder stood as the crowning glory for both the Medici family and Florence.

Beneath the church, a labyrinth of concealed vaults exists, holding rare books and artefacts amassed by the Medici dynasty. Guarded by complex codes, some of these treasures remain undiscovered to this day.

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