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Cetona

Cetona - is a beautifully preserved medieval village, which, in the last few decades has become a fashionable place to have a country house. It has fine views of Monte Cetona, and is surrounded by pretty hills planted with cypresses and pine trees. has a typically medieval, circular plan centred on the crest of a hill.

Previously part of the Chiusi territory, it was incorporated with the Sovana area into the Aldobrandeschi fiefdom when Ildebrando Aldobrandeschi of Sovana became Pope Gregory VIT, in 1073.

A descendant by the same name placed it under Orvieto in the early 13th century, where it remained until Perugia took it over in the middle of the 14th century. In 1428 it became part of the Siena Republic.

In 1556, Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, granted Cetona and the title of Marquis to Chiappino Vitelli, who made the medieval fortress, la Rocca, his residence. Vitelli then built the long, rectangular piazza, now called Piazza Garibaldi, which sets the stage for the medieval, fortified village above it.

In the large pleasant Piazza Garibaldi, laid out in the 16C, at the bottom of the hill, is the church of Sant'Angelo. In the chapel to the right of the high altar (light by the side door) is a highly venerated seated wooden statue of the Madonna and Child, and on the second altar on the south side, a 16C painting of the Madonna and Child with two Saints.

At the other end of the piazza is a round tower, near which Via Roma goes up past the 16C ex-Palazzo Comunale with the Museo Civico per la Preistoria del Monte Cetona.

How to reach Cetona: From Siena take direction Arezzo on the fast road Siena - Bettolle.
At bettolle take the highway A1 and follow direction Rome. Exit Chiusi and Follow indications for Cetona

Where is Cetona: is located in the south of Siena province, in the border with Umbria region. See the map

Nearby: Chiusi, Sarteano, Chianciano Terme

Distances: Siena 90 Km - Florence 125 Km - Pisa 200 Km - Arezzo 75 Km

Correct name is Cetona
Common mistakes are Citona, Cettona, Cittona, Cytona

 


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