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The "Villa Mangiacane" winery is located in the municipality of San Casciano in Val di Pesa in the Chianti Classico area in the Italian region of Tuscany. The name comes from Latin and means "big dog". Two large dog sculptures at the entrance portal are still the trademark today. The villa was built in the 15th century by Cardinal Francesco Maria Machiavelli. As architect, Michelangelo (1475-1564) was instrumental in drawing up the building plans. For a time, the villa was the main residence of the famous philosopher and politician Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). In 1645, the villa was sold to the noble Mazzei family, who used the villa as a summer residence and as a farm for the production of wine and olive oil. Under the later owners, the villa fell into almost total disrepair.

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