This little town dating back to the Middle Ages sits in the middle of the countryside. A paradise for walkers, who can venture a litltle bit further to Monte Cetona (1145m above sea level).
Sarteano features a castle (Picture 2) that soars over the town and was much mentioned in newspapers in 2003.
Archaeologists at the time discovered a fresco in the necropolis of Pianacce, in perfect condition in spite of dating from the 4th century BC. It was located on a perfect vantage point which overlooks the Val di Chiana. The fresco depicts a demon on a chariot being drawn by a lion and two griffins. There is also a snake with three heads (Picture 3), an enormous seahorse, a young man and what looks like his father.
To viist (only on Saturdays) you can book your tickets at the Archaeological Civic Museum in Sarteano.
The Archaeological Civic Museum (tel. 0578 26 92 61) is found at Via Roma 24 a short distance from the tourist information office. It is housed in the Palazzo Gabrielli and exhibits local findings from the Bronze Age and the late Roman times.
Sarateano’s tourist information office is situated on Corso Garibaldi 9.(tel. 0578 26 92 04; firstname.lastname@example.org).