Guide of Sarteano
Surrounded by a castle, Sarteano is propped against Monte Cetona, at 575 metres on the sea level, between charming and wooded hills. Its wonderful panoramic views consent to enjoy Chiana Valley, Arezzo’s Valley and an important area of the neighbour Umbria.
Its Etruscan and Roman origins are validating by numerous archaeological researches. Perhaps, its name comes from Sertorius. Over here has been found the urn of the ancient Roman aristocratic Lucio Sertorio.
In the nearness, many things are speaking about Etruscan civilization. In “Le Tombe” locality were found tombs, urns and precious jewels of that period.
Sarteano conserves many remarkable monuments coming back from the 12th century and reaching the 16th century.
The most important are: the Castle, a stony solid fortress dating from the 12th century or even former.
The Church of San Lorenzo built on the 13th century, as confirmed by several remainders in the passage that goes to the Sacristy. Its interiors were modified during the 18th century. Behind the altar there is a splendid wooden chorus, and the Sacristy owns some precious pieces of silverware as well as rich sacred features of the 17th century.
On Bagagli square you can find the Church of San Francesco, built on the 14th century and later restored. In its inside there is a beautiful work by Jacopo di Mino, from Sienna’s school: a Triptych representing the Madonna with the Child between S. Giovanni Batiste and S. Giovanni Evangelist. In the apex there is the Annunciation and San Gabriele Archangel, attributed to Girolamo Della Pacchia.
In Via Roma you can admire Palazzo Piccolomini coming from the 16th century. Indoors, a wonderful Renaissance structure will surprise you.
In the nearness there is the Church of San Martino in Foro. Its interiors keep master pieces from Jacopo di Mino and Andrea di Niccolò.
And, of course, don’t forget to visit the Archaeological Civic Museum, plenty of emblematic pieces of Etruscan and Roman civilizations.
Main Towns of Valdorcia
Radicofani, Sarteano, Cetona,
San Quirico D'Orcia,
Bagni San Filippo,
Abbadia and Monte Amiata
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