The first mention of Cetona is found as a "Castle" between 1207 and 1241 in the estate of Count Ildebrandino, but subject to the sovreignty of the Commune of Orvieto.

CetonaThe first mention of Cetona is found as a "Castle" between 1207 and 1241 in the estate of Count Ildebrandino, but subject to the sovreignty of the Commune of Orvieto. Around the Castle, known locally as the "Rocca", a village developed, a typical medieval agglomeration of houses and dwellings built in a spiral on the steep slopes of the hills. In the area around Cetona one of the oldest human settlements of central Italy has been discovered which goes back 40.000 years and the remains of which can be seen in the delightful archeological park of Belverde and the 25 prehistoric caves which are today lit by power comming from modern and ecologically friendly solar panels. The finds are conserved in the museum devoted to the prehistoric period of Mount Cetona located on the ground floor of the Town Hall, a museum which the experts have defined as "didactically perfect".
This ancient community is at the same time a lively centre of contemporary life and has become, since the 1960s, a haunt of "VIPs" who have bought and renovated farm properties. The history of Cetona precedes the conflict between Siena and Orvieto, in the middle of the 13th century enjoying the assistance of Florence, and for a short time, in the 14th century, dominion by Perugia until cessession to the Republic of Siena in 1418.
The Sienese nobility remained until the end of the Republic (mid-16th century) when the Grand Duke Cosimo I of the Medici conceded Cetona to the Marquis Chiappino Vitelli who trasformed the fortess into a residence and built the large town square (Piazza Garibaldi) where Palazzo Vitelli can still be seen. In 1772 Cetona became a Commune linked to Sarteano until 1840.
Today Cetona
has 3,000 inhabitants and covers 53 sq km including Mount Cetona, known in former times as "Monte Piesi" (1,148 m.), and the hills which slope down towards the flat bottom of the Astrone valley. Other than the main town itself, starding 385 metres above sea level, the Commune includes the villages of Piazze, a recent development, and the areas of Belverde and Camporsevoli. Even if residential tourism of élite classes has brought fame to the village of Cetona, the community has retained its rural identify on which its economy is predominantly based.

CetonaThe town is of Etruscan origin and is built along circular lines following the sides of the hill on which it stands. The square tower of the fortress is dated between 900 and 930 while the round towers date back to 1458.
The following buildings are worth noting:
SS.TRINITA': built between 1417 and 1475 it contains a cycle of frescos by Pinturicchio.
THE CHURCH OF S.MICHELE ARCANGELO: a structure from 1155 with Sienese school frescos attributed to Cola Petruccilli who also worked on the crypt of Orvieto Cathedral.
PALAZZO VITELLI: built in the second half of the 16th century.

Some of the oldest finds which bear witness to the presence of man in the Valdichiana have come to light on Mount Cetona. In the small GOSTO CAVE many hand-made stone artefacts have been discovered dating back to the MUSTERIAN culture (between 40,000 and 80,000 years ago). Similar objects have been found in the LATTAIA CAVE, location of an ancient cult of water worship, which were meant to promote milk production in pregnant women.
An examination of the finds in 1939 estabilished that the Lattaia cave was frequented from the beginning of the mid paleolithic until the first Villanovian period (9th-10th century B.C.) and ultimately in Roman times as can be seen from a votive fireplace from the first century A.D.
Many other caves, forming the most important labyrinth of the whole of Mount Cetona, can be found at Belverde. Between 1928 and 1935 thirteen entrances were explored providing the most abundant documentation relating to the bronze age in central Italy.The search of the CAVE OF S.FRANCESCO produced particularly interesting results: here some fireplaces and vases with the burned remains of cereals and vegetables were discovered.
Similar finds have been discovered in practically the whole area, some traced back to the RINALDONE culture (late bronze age) and the Appennine culture (bronze age).
On higher levels concrete evidence of remains of the Musterian era were found.
Numerous cuts in the rock visible mainly in the Belverde area, particularly near the so-called amphitheatre, are related to mining, probably roman.
In 1990 the Civic Museum for the Prehistory of Mount Cetona was inaugurated which documents the various stages of human settlement on the territory starting from the paleolithic up until the bronze age.

Cetona: discover the surroundings

  • Sarteano Sarteano (4 km)
    Under the influence of Chiusi, the most powerful city of the Etruscan League, the area of Sarteano had been living a period of development since the remotest times.
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  • San Casciano dei Bagni San Casciano dei Bagni (10 km)
    The urban shape of San Casciano dei Bagni naturally traces a route that gently accompanies you during your discovering of the most beautiful corners.
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  • Chianciano Terme Chianciano Terme (12 km)
    There is the thermal Chianciano, with parks and avenues, hotels and shops, but it also exists the original core of the town, the so called paese.
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  • Montepulciano Montepulciano (18 km)
    The city of Montepulciano as very particular configuration: it is constructed along a geological ridge running down from the highest point.
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  • Pienza Pienza (22 km)
    Pienza, small jewel of the Renaissance in the heart in Tuscany, in the province in Siena, to the center of one of the most beautiful zones in Italy and richer than treasures of art.
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  • Castiglione d'Orcia Castiglione d'Orcia (24 km)
    Sets on the summit of a back not too far from the Cassia, Castiglione of Orcia it is a small predominantly agricultural and handicraft center.
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  • Torrita di Siena Torrita di Siena (25 km)
    The first historical records referring to Torrita di Siena date back to the 11th century when the name appears in an Amiata legal code of the year 1037.
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  • Bagno Vignoni Bagno Vignoni (26 km)
    Bagno Vignoni name derives from Vignoni, castle already known in the XI century, whose traces dominate the high ground above the suburb, and from the thermal waters used since the Roman epoch.
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  • San Quirico d'Orcia San Quirico d'Orcia (26 km)
    San Quirico is Etruscan in origin, and cinerary urns and other funeral objects and vessels found here are now kept in the Etruscan archeological museum in Siena.
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  • Amiata mountain Amiata mountain (31 km)
    The Amiata is the mountain. That that each of us has probably imagined in own imagination.
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  • Trequanda Trequanda (31 km)
    The medieval village of Trequanda, crowned by the remnants of the ancient Cacciaconti castle, stands a hill 462 meters high sited between the Val di Chiana and the Val d' Asso.
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  • Foiano della Chiana Foiano della Chiana (33 km)
    Evidence of Etruscan settlements of the VI-IV centuries BC testify to the ancient origins of Foiano and the nearby town of Pozzo della Chiana.
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  • The Sentiero della Bonifica The Sentiero della Bonifica (33 km)
    Sentiero della Bonifica cycle and pedestrian path which joins Arezzo to Chiusi is about 62 km along Valdichiana equipped for those who wish to travel slowly, either by bike or on foot.
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  • San Giovanni d'Asso San Giovanni d'Asso (33 km)
    San Giovanni d'Asso is located from the hill dominating the valley of the Asso torrent the Crete and offer a magic and atmospheres of a pure and perfumed land.
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  • Sorano Sorano (35 km)
    Entering the territory of Sorano from the surrounding plains, you feel as though you have entered another world.
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  • Montalcino Montalcino (35 km)
    Montalcino rises in the heart of southern Tuscany. In the Middle Age the territory of Montalcino was divided between four ecclesiastical areas: Arezzo, Chiusi, Grosseto and Siena.
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Accommodations in the area

    • Montepulciano (Siena)
    • 19 km from Cetona

    Agriturismo le Caggiole

    Immersed in the verdant countryside around the noble town of Montepulciano, that boasts ancient Etruscan origins, Le Caggiole Estate is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized treasures.
    In a relaxing and cosy atmosphere uests are offered three comfortable, quiet double rooms with private bathrooms and two comfortable apartments for two persons and for small family groups.

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    • Cortona (Arezzo)
    • 37 km from Cetona

    Rocca di Pierle

    Set within the green hills of Tuscany, a few kilometers away from the old Etruscan town of Cortona farmhouse Rocca di Pierle is the perfect place to find peace and tranquility in contact with the pace of nature.
    Completely renovated Tuscan farmhouse with 3 rustic-style apartments. For groups possibilities to rent the whole villa.

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    • Siena (Siena)
    • 63 km from Cetona

    Agriturismo Marciano

    Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.
    Five confortable double rooms and a suite with a beautiful sight on the Siena Duomo

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    • Greve in Chianti (Florence)
    • 79 km from Cetona

    Villa Chianti 7 beds

    Villa Chianti is a private villa for rent in Chianti area with pool and garden that can accommodate up to 7 people.
    An oasis of peace and tranquility with views of the Chianti valleys not far from the main tourist attractions of Tuscany.

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 84 km from Cetona

    La Pieve

    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
    Framed by olive trees and a wood, it fosters a direct dialogue with nature in complete relaxation where they contemplate and enjoy the stillness in private and unique spaces.

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    • Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
    • 84 km from Cetona

    Villa Valdarno 12 beds

    Villa Valdarno is a typical Tuscan farmhouse located in a secluded and peaceful area in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, among vineyards and olive groves, and enjoys a privileged panoramic view of the Florentine Valdarno.
    The ideal solution for groups of friends or acquaintances who wish to spend their holidays in Tuscany with the comforts of a detached villa with swimming pool and large garden.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 89 km from Cetona

    Agriturismo la Lucciolaia

    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
    This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 89 km from Cetona

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
    Provides comfortable accommodation in 6 double bedrooms and two Suites

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    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 91 km from Cetona

    Villa Roccamare Castiglione della Pescaia 12 beds

    Beautiful and characteristic villa with stone finishes located in the exclusive Roccamare area in Castiglione della Pescaia.
    Surrounded by the green of the pine forest and the total privacy with 2000 sqm park equipped with relaxation area and barbecue is located about 400 meters from the sea and has a private beach.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 94 km from Cetona

    Agriturismo Cesani

    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.

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    • Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
    • 96 km from Cetona

    Villa Punta Ala 9 beds pool

    Beautiful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery and tranquility of the exclusive tourist destination Punta Ala and small attic used as service personnel only 300 meters from the sea of Tuscany.
    This ideal solution for those who want to spend their holidays near the beautiful sea of Punta Ala with the comforts of an exclusive villa.

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    • Firenze (Florence)
    • 103 km from Cetona

    Marignolle relais & charme

    The charming Marignolle Relais & Charme, nestled the hills of Florence, is the ideal solution for those who want a place of excellence and relaxation and love peace and privacy without the amenities of a luxury hotel.
    Marignolle Relais & Charme is especially appreciated by travelers looking for style and tradition by offering deluxe rooms or junior suites in a refined, with superior comforts and impeccable services that make this relais an excellence of Florence.

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