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Sarteano is an amazing place. Until recently, it was little known to outsiders but has many attractions to interest anybody who visits it. No matter your interest, there is something for everyone from Etruscan tombs and Roman roads, to medieval churches and Renaissance palaces.
The first sight when approaching Sarteano is the giant castle at the top of the hill at 500 plus meters above sea level and surrounded by green. To visit it is to make a trip back through hundreds of years of history, passing through the small alleyways and the giant Todeschini Piccolomini Palace, which stands just below it.
The central square offers a stunning introduction to the town’s treasures: the medieval loggia to start serve as the entrance way to the Arriscianti Theater, which the Sarteano public used from the 18th century down to the mid-1960s, when the structure was closed for restoration. Twenty years later, a group of amateurs founded a new Academy of Arrischianti, and in the year 2000, Sarteano inaugurated a new theater, company and regular repertory.
Castello di Potentino
Dating from the mid-11th Century, Castello di Potentino is an ancient castle built on an Etruscan site. It lies in a secret valley in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany – Monte Amiata. The medieval building is surrounded by u...
Fattoria San Martino
Sitting at the end of a track surrounded by wild roses, lavender and birds, Fattoria San Martino is soft ochre-hued fattoria (farmhouse), restored with earth-tone pigments and wrapped around by an enchanting garden with a lily pond pool in ...
Il Battistero Siena
Steeped in history and impossibly well located in the epicentre of the gemlike, medieval hill town of Siena, this narrow, elegant four-storey palazzo on Piazza San Giovanni sits right by the gothic Baptistery. Local owners, Giovanni and his moth...
Built on a hilltop, steeped in history and synonymous with elegance, Cortona is a dream destination with a glorious past. The legendary de' Medici family ruled Cortona in the 15th Century and it was during this Renaissance period that&n...