Cetona is tucked away in the hills from where one can see the striking Monte Cetona. This little town of Etruscan origins still has much of its medieval flavour.
In Cetona two towers stand out, one dating from the 1st century, and the other a15th century cylindrical tower. The town was taken by the Republic of Siena and then by Cosimo I Medici, who later on gave it to Chiappino Vitelli, the marquis who had commissioned the Renaissance Palace Vitelli ( do not forget to take a look when you are in town) and its main square.
Three caves discovered in Monte Cetona were shelter for centuries for some of the most ancient vestiges of human activity in the area of Valdichiana. Among its objects are the numerous handmade artefacts in the Gosto Cave, the Middle Palaeolithic artefacts in Lattaia Cave and the vessel holding burnt cereal and vegetables and a sort of chimneys dating back to the Bronze Age in the huge San Francesco Cave.
A visit to Cetona is not complete without having paid a visit to the Civic Museum of the Prehistory of Monte Cetona, which opened in 1990, and also to two religious monuments: the 12th century church of San Michele Archangelo and its frescoes reputedly by Cola Petrucci, and the 15th century church of SantaTrinità housing Pinturicchio’s frescoes.
Cetona’s tourist information office can be found in the town´s main square, Piazza Garibaldi (Picture 1) (tel. 0578 23 91 43; www.cetona.org).