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The building takes its name from the eighteenth-century scholar and antiquarian, Pietro Bucelli, who collected numerous Etruscan artefacts in the area around Montepulciano and Chiusi which he housed here. Most of the collection was given first to Leopold I, then to the Grand Duke of Tuscany and is now mainly preserved in Florence, while just a part of it is exhibited in the Civic Museum of Montepulciano. The base of the building is unusual because fragments of stone and funerary urns are embedded in it, with inscriptions in a sort of mini outdoor exposition of local Etruscan and Roman art.