Chiusdino is a medieval village whose history dates to the Lombard invasion, although traces of the presence of the Etruscans were also identified. The town is set not far from the tuscan stretch of the Via Francigena, so that across the centuries Chiusdino took advantage of the increased trade these pilgrims brought to the area.
In the village you can find the church of San Martino, the Church of St. Michael, next to the birthplace of San Galgano, and the Church of Saint Sebastian, best known as Church of Compagnia di San Galgano, that houses an interesting bas-relief (1466) depicting San Galgano sticking the sword in the stone.
Yes, you read that right, sword in the stone! You might want to know that Chiusdino's very own Excalibur is cherished within the Hermitage of Montesiepi, a few kilometres away from town. Legend has it that the knight of fortune Galgano Guidotti converted to Christianity and went to the hill of Montesiepi, after he had some visions of the twelve apostles and of Saint Michael. Once in Montesiepi, apparently, Galgano plunged his sword into a rock to serve as a cross. From that moment onwards, he lived the rest of his life as a hermit until 1181, the year of his death.
Of course we're not done yet, roughly 850 meters below the Hermitage sit the ruins of the beautiful Abbey of San Galgano, make sure you check it out!