Montepulciano and the land of the Etruscans
Montepulciano, "the pearl of the sixteenth century"
Between the Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana, Montepulciano stands on top of a hill of sandstone, preserving the glories of its past, passing from the Etruscan period to the Roman rule, then under Siena dominion in the Middle Ages and under Florence during the Renaissance. The heart of the city is the square ”Piazza Grande”, site of the ancient acropolis which is now surrounded by noble sixteenth century palaces, the Cathedral dedicated to the Vergin Mary and the majestic Palazzo Pubblico, designed by the Florentine Michelozzo. Walking along the streets and visiting the main monuments, you can stop to taste the wine Nobile DOCG within the underground cellars of the city..
The Etruscans in the land of Siena
The Valdichiana land has had a period of great prosperity in the Etruscan age. The guided tour will lead us through this valley in search of our origins to discover the cities and the most important museums.
Etruscan city par excellence, one of the oldest and most powerful, especially during the government of locumone Porsenna, Chiusi preserves the most important finds in the National Etruscan Museum. Just opposite to the National Museum, in the heart of the old town, you can enter into the suggestive underground tunnels of the water supply system built by the Etruscans that winds starting from the cathedral. Leaving the city, near the lake of Chiusi you can visit (on booking) some of the most famous tombs in the necropolis.
Between Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia stands the massive castle overlooking the town of Sarteano, birthplace of Pope Pius III, a symbol of a more recent history. But the Etruscan origins of the area have left important traces, now preserved in the Archaeological Museum like the jars, the painted ceramics and the fetid stone ossuaries. A jewel of the area is the painted Tomb of the Quadriga Infernale, one of the latest discoveries found in 2003 where you can still admire the painting cycle dating from the fourth century BC. The tomb is located in the necropolis of Pianacce and can be visited by appointment.
Arriving to Cetona is like going back in time to the Palaeolithic (50,000 years ago). Following the path from the town, passing by the museum and entering in the nature of the archaeological park of Belverde, you can discover the first traces of man up to the Bronze Age, a suggestive hiking in the woods of Mount Cetona to discover the caves of the first human settlements.