Overview of Cetona
Cetona is a charming well preserved medieval small town of Etruscan origin. It is surrounded by beautiful hills plentiful of cypresses and pines trees and enjoys a wonderful panoramic view of Monte Cetona.
On Monte Cetona have been discovered some of the oldest witness of the human presence in the whole Valdichiana’s area. In the small Gosto Cave were found numerous hand- made rudiments coming back to Mousterian era (between 80.000 - 40.000 years ago).
In the Lattaia Cave similar objects were discovered and its later archaeological tests, held in 1939, are confirming that this cave was inhabited from the medium Palaeolithic era until the 11th – 10th century BC.
In the enormous San Francesco Cave were also discovered many vases with burned residues of cereals and vegetables as well as some fireplaces traced back to the first Bronze Age and the late Bronze one.
The square tower of the fortress town comes back from the 1st century, but the round towers were built around the 15th century.
In 1482 Cetona became part of Sienna’s Republic. In the 16th century, the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo I de Medici conceded the citadel to the Marquis Chiappino Vitelli, being then changed into a town where he ordered to build up its still nowadays beautiful main square as well as Palazzo Vitelli.
What to visit in Cetona:
The worth noting Civic Museum for the Prehistory of Monte Cetona inaugurated in 1990.
The Church of San Michele Arcangelo built in the 12th century with frescoes attributed to the Sienna’s painter Cola Pettrucci.
The Church of the Santissima Trinità dating back from the 15th century and including a cycle of frescoes by Pinturicchio.
Palazzo Vitelli: a splendid Renaissance building.
Main Towns of Valdorcia
Radicofani, Sarteano, Cetona,
San Quirico D'Orcia,
Bagni San Filippo,
Abbadia and Monte Amiata
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