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Sarteano [1]


Surroundings
       
   

Sarteano


   
   
Sarteano, conveniently located in the center of Italy Sarteano is in Tuscany in the center of Italy, an area that unites the beauty of the landscape with the wonderful climate that is now a reference point for tourists from all over the world. Sarteano is just a few kilometers from the Chiusi/Chianciano Terme exit of the A1 ‘Sole’ motorway. The Chiusi/Chianciano Terme train station is also nearby. Rome, Florence, Perugia and Siena are just an hour’s drive away. Nevertheless, despite how easy it is to get here by road or rail, Sarteano is a small, quiet town that still manages to guarantee a gentle rhythm of life, a way of life that is almost forgotten. From the top of the rocky spur that culminates in the castle and dominates the Val di Chiana – situated to the east – Sarteano seems to survey the life that buzzes around down in the valley with curiosity and with a somewhat detached air. Beyond the town walls, there are also dozens of beautiful small villages, each one a jewel in itself. [2]

Events in Tuscany | Giostra del Saracino

Comune di Sarteano



 

SPanorama of Sarteano   iew of the Castle Castello di Sarteano in Sarteano   Lupa Senese (Sienese She-wulf), Entrance (upper floor) of the Castello di Sarteano
Panorama of Sarteano[1]   View of the Castle Castello di Sarteano in Sarteano[1]  

Lupa Senese (Sienese She-wulf), Entrance (upper floor) of the Castello di Sarteano[1]

 

Churchruin Pieve di Santa Vittorio in Sarteano

  Podio Altare, Necropoli delle Pianacce (Etruscan Tombs), Sarteano   Monte Cetona seen from West, Province of Siena

Churchruin Pieve di Santa Vittorio in Sarteano. The church was the oldest of all the churches of Sarteano[1]

 

  Necropoli delle Pianacce
(Etruscan Tombs)[1]
  Monte Cetona seen from West, Province of Siena[1]

The countryside Sarteano is nestled between the populous Val di Chiana and the wilderness of the Val d Orcia in one of the most beautiful areas of west Tuscany. An imposing XV century castle dominates the skyline of the town, standing out against the green backdrop of Monte Cetona. These two dominant profiles the mountain and the castle - are the key to understanding this rich and fascinating area. History and nature overlap and connect here, in one of the few parts of this region that is exuberant and populous and where the visitor can still come across panoramic views of unspoiled countryside. On one side, rolling wooded hills offer superb views towards the distant mountains in Lazio and the Marche, while the other side looks out over the vast and fascinating Val d Orcia. The views in both directions are stunning, taking in vast natural landscapes. The Poggio Rotondo hill with its lush pine forests is dotted with grottoes, including one that was home to a hermit called the blessed Father Bonaventura in the XVI century. There is an area equipped for picnics, the Crocette, in the middle of the woods. Pietra Porciana, once the site of a medieval fortress, is now a nature reserve that includes a beech tree wood (classified as an important site by the Italian Botanical Society) and panoramic views from the Cella di Bruco, another grotto that became the hermitage of a knight returning from the crusades. The Celle di San Francesco, where Saint Francis presence was recorded in 1212, are another area of great natural beauty and historical interest. Finally, visitors are advised to spend some time in the Fonte Vetriana area, from which you can climb to the summit of Monte Cetona to enjoy the breathtaking view that encompasses the lakes of Trasimeno, Montepulciano, and Chiusi, with Monte Soratte to the north and the Radicofani Fortress, Monte Amiata and the Val d Orcia to the west. As well as these wide-open spaces and incredible views, Sarteano offers pleasant walks closer to the town itself along sign-posted paths towards Boccalaciana and Peschiera. These paths follow two ancient roads from Etruscan times, known as the Cupe roads, paved in the local travertine stone, both interspersed with hollows that once housed Etruscan tombs. [2]


         



 
Sarteano, Pianacce Necropolis, Botch of the fresco of snake with three heads (Tomba della Quadriga Infernale)



     
Archaeology It is these traces of an Etruscan past that have made the area around Sarteano of great fascination to archaeologists. The area has been occupied continuously since Neolithic times, as testified by the Grotta dell Orso (Bear Grotto), a site of great importance to the prehistory of southern Tuscany, and by other sites such as the Bronze Age Buca del Rospo (Toad Hole). While the presence of prehistoric man is well documented and important, Sarteano played an even more important role during the phase of Etruscan civilisation, from the IX to the I century BC. The first settlements occupied the higher hilly areas, near the Sferracavalli necropolis, along the road that leads to Radicofani. Later, above all over the course of the VII century BC, the Etruscans settled in the area towards Castiglioncello del Trinoro. The vast Solaia-Macchiapiana necropolis, with its numerous canopic cinerary burial sites (funeral urns in the shape of a human head were typical of this area), demonstrates the presence in the area of a densely populated settlement, particularly in the late Orientalist period. With the archaic period (VI century BC), however, there was a general movement down from the higher areas to lower hills, a little above 500 m above sea level, moving closer to what at the time was the predominant political hub, the urban centre of Chiusi. At the time Chiusi was enjoying its most flourishing period, as can be seen in the works of the Etruscan king Porsenna from the end of the VI century. This means that the most important necropoleis from that time are those in Palazzina, situated along one of the Cupe roads that lead to Chiusi, and the Pianacce necropolis. This latter, the subject of intensive research since 2000 on the part of the Civic Archaeology Museum and the Etruria Archaeology Group, has thrown up a series of extraordinary discoveries over the years. It is situated in an area of great natural beauty with a splendid commanding view over the Val di Chiana, an area that since ancient times has been the main north-south connecting route between Orvieto and Arezzo. The most intriguing is the exceptional Quadriga Infernale tomb, with its unique paintings in vibrant colours from the second half of the IV century BC. There is a depiction of a red haired demon riding a chariot pulled by two lions and two gryphons. This probably represents 10 Charun the Etruscan Charon in the only depiction of him as an auriga or chariot driver involved in his task of accompanying souls to Hades. The other pieces (depicting a banquet with two male figures accompanied by a servant, a large three headed serpent and a seahorse) are also set in Hades. Together, these make up one of the clearest examples of the Etruscans changing perspective on the afterlife, revealing a more tormented and fearful Hades compared to that of the archaic period. Alongside the Quadriga tomb there are numerous other underground rooms, which have been dated from between the end of the VI and the I century BC. The evidence suggests that this necropolis was used by the more powerful aristocratic families. In 2007 the existence of an intriguing structure used for funerary rites, linking three of these underground rooms together, came to light. This fascinating site is open to visitors. It is just one of the archaeological treasures of the area. In the Hellenic period, from III to II century BC, the population of the area spread out into a lot of smaller settlements and numerous necropoleis were built, including the Molin Canale site where some of the tombs that have been discovered are now open to visitors. In Roman times the area was still widely populated, boosted by the presence of the thermal springs. There were certainly at least two important settled areas, one in S. Alberto and one in Peschiera Giannini, as well as many smaller settlements in the surrounding area. The remains of thermal bathhouses attached to rural villas demonstrate a notable level of refinement, as can also be seen from the bell-shaped Campana tiles from Colombaio and Peschiera. Traces of this intense and vibrant past, from the Orientalist funerary urns to the bucchero pottery, from the Etruscan and Attica ceramic figures to the extraordinary pietra fetida limestone statue-urns uncovered in 2006 and Roman finds, are on display in the local Archaeology Museum, bearing witness to the transformations of three human civilisations, from the Bronze Age through the Etruscans and on to the Romans.[2]

Gallery of pictures | www.archart.it

The old town


 

Face of the demon Charun.
Last decades of the 4th century B.C.
Sarteano, Pianacce Necropolis, Tomb of the Infernal Quadriga.


After the fall of the Roman, Empire Sarteano continued to be a populated area. There is evidence of the presence in high medieval times of settlements at Pianacce that, together with the discovery of the Longboard tomb at Montarioso, suggests that the population was concentrated in the area of the countryside currently covered over by the acropolis where the Castle was built. The first documented reference to the Fortress dates back to 1038, and we know that until 1280 it was owned by the Manenti counts. The tower took on its current appearance after it was entirely renovated by Siena in 1469. Documents suggest that the noted Siena architect Lorenzo di Pietro di Giovanni di Lando, known as Il Vecchietta, contributed to the design. The new Castle is an excellent example of the change from centuries of gothic architecture to a Florentine Renaissance style. The huge imposing building is open to the public, allowing visitors to travel back in time and relive the life of the garrison that was stationed here. Patrol the battlements between the side keeps or climb the steep staircase of the main tower to enjoy the beautiful view from the top. The park around the Castle, with its ancient holm-oak trees, amplifies the beauty of the area, creating a distance and isolation from the town below that makes the whole area even more evocative, and offers a moment of relaxation and reflection in the adjacent Parco della Pace. The old town center spreads out from around the base of the Castle within the town walls. The walls were badly damaged in the middle of the 1800s but the two Porte Umbre Gates remain, along with the Porta di Mezzo gate and the Porta Monalda gate, surmounted by the Coats of Arms of the Republic of Siena, the Medici and the Monaldeschi di Orvieto, who alternated as controllers of Sarteano in medieval times. The towns architecture is characterised by its grand Palazzo buildings such as the Palazzo Fanelli just below the Castle, with its adjacent chapel and richly frescoed ceilings, the Palazzo Cennini in the Piazza di San Lorenzo with its beautiful courtyard and unpretentious linear façade, the Palazzo del Podestà, in the main Piazza XXIV Giugno, with traces of the original before two arched windows, Palazzo Gabrielli, that today houses the museum in its XVI century rooms, but whose actual structure dates back to the XIII century, as can be seen from the door of the dead, and finally Palazzo Piccolomini with its beautiful cloister. Palazzo Piccolomini was built at the end of the XV century on the orders of cardinal Francesco Tedeschini Piccolomini, pope Pious II s nephew, who was briefly elected to the papal throne himself as pope Pious III and whose childhood home still stands in via Goti. The cardinal was also responsible for ordering the building of the San Francesco church façade, as can be seen from the rose window with the papal insignias and the Piccolomini coat of arms, situated just beyond the original outline of the walls, in front of where the Piazza Bargagli is now situated. The structure was recently renovated but dates back to the first half of the XIII century. The building beside the church is currently a private house but was originally a convent. In the XIX century, it was the Bargagli family s farm-palazzo and housed their rich collection of Etruscan artifacts for a brief period. The collection is now housed in the Santa Maria della Scala Archaeology Museum in Siena. Traces of before two-arched windows in the cloister show the architectural remains of a building that was originally very elegant. Another convent, the sixteenth century Santa Chiara convent, can be found at the top of the town. Today this has become a restaurant and an elegant residence. There is a beautiful area with a well in the old cloister. 14 There are another two churches in the old town and they both house artistic treasures. The San Martino church, near the Porta Umbra gate, is distinguished by its neoclassical façade. Within its walls there is a true masterpiece: Beccafumi s Annunciation, one of the Siena mannerists late works from 1546, in which the lighting effects and the colors are intensified in an original depiction of a very human Madonna juxtaposed with an angel suspended in the air. Further jewels can be found in the towns other churches: another interesting work in San Martino is Jacopo di Mino del Pellicciaio s Madonna with Child. Di Mino was one of the fondi or or golden background painters from XIV century Siena. The church also houses a Madonna with Child, Saint Rocco, and Saint Sebastian by Andrea di Niccolò. The San Lorenzo collegiate church, which was also restored on the orders of Pious III, houses two paintings on wooden panels depicting Girolamo del Pacchia s Annunciation from 1514 and a marble tabernacle and ciborium by Lorenzo di Mariano, known as il Marrina. The Romanic Santa Vittoria church was built at the beginning of the XII century just outside the town walls on a site that had been used for worship since ancient times, as can be seen from the numerous blocks of travertine stone in the area. Today the roofless church is often used for concerts and performances. Another important Romanic church - San Martino in Foro was once situated in the Piazza XXIV Giugno, until it was demolished as part of the unfortunate reconstruction of the 1800s that redrew the layout of the central piazza, entailing the loss of many medieval remains. The old Palazzo Comunale, or town hall, with its beautiful loggias, was situated in front of the site of this ancient Romanic church. This later became the site for another true Sarteano jewel, the Arrischianti municipal theater, built in 1680. Its current appearance is, however, owed to rebuilding work carried out in 1740, and the addition of stucco in the XIX century; it is one of the most significant examples of small XVIII century Tuscan theatres, and had close connections with the local academies. The Arrischianti theatre group still active today bring the building to life with their frequent productions, and the council now use the space for a great deal of the local community s cultural activity following extensive restoration work up to the year 2000, when it was reopened to the public after years of disuse. The old pharmacy in the piazza is also open to visitors. It was restored by the Bologni family after the modern pharmacy was moved to outside the town walls. However, our walk through the old town of Sarteano doesn t just involve retracing the glorious medieval past, the renaissance restorations and the jewels nestled within the churches, but also and above all the atmosphere of calm the visitor can breathe in, the half-glimpsed alleys, the narrow and winding lanes, the walk along the walls of the Castle and the houses clinging on to the steep rise. The Parco delle Piscine - or Swimming Pool Park - is situated outside the old town center. 24 spring water flows constantly into the parks three pools from pleasing cascades. The beautifully laid-out park and its impressive facilities have been attracting summer visitors to Sarteano for decades. An impressive modern church, the Sant Alberto church, was built on the road leading to Chianciano in 1972.[2]


Towns in the area

 

   

While Sarteano played an important role in medieval times, the role played by Castiglioncello del Trinoro was just as important. Castiglioncello del Trinoro was also defended by fortifications and boasted five churches and a town hall within the town walls. Not much remains of this glorious past, but the Romanic Sant Andrea church, a XIV century gate and the town hall can still be seen today. The towns origins could date back even further, to Etruscan times, considering how close it is situated to the enormous Solaia necropolis. The position of the Etruscan town that used the necropolis has yet to be identified. Given its dominant position at 774 meters above sea level on the Val d Orcia, it would certainly have been a central control point on the busy route that ran through the valley below in medieval times, the via Francigena, the famous road that pilgrims took on the way to Rome. It appears that Castiglioncello became a haven for thieves and bandits who set up here for this very reason: to rob unwary travelers. One theory even suggests that the name of the town derives from Castrum trium Latronum, that is, the Castle of the Three Thieves. This was later gentrified into Castrum Leoncelli Trinaurum, Castle of Leoncino of the Three Gold Coins. Today this small area is characterized by the stunning view it offers over the Val d Orcia: this is one of the most evocative sights in southern Tuscany. Sarteano and Castiglioncello del Trinoro were not the only fortified medieval settlements in the area: the small town of Moiane is today remembered only through the telling ruins, which give an impression of its 16 ancient splendor and can be seen in the middle of the woods not far from the road to Radicofani. This was an important settlement, which records show was already established by 1143, and it became a free comune city-state in the XIV century. Today the Moiane hillock is part of the large Abbazia di Spineta or Spineto Abbey grounds. The name of the abbey changes from one medieval document to another, but it is probably derived from spinum, the local name for the plant that covered the area. The abbey also served an important function as a resting point along the road that connected Val di Chiana and Val d Orcia, Monte Amiata and Monte Cetona. Born from a series of land donations made throughout the XI century to the Abbot Winizio from the San Salvatore abbey on Monte Amiata, the church, and the monastery were built in around 1085. Following a period of influence from Vallombrosana, the abbey came under the control of the Cistercians and, following the suppression of that order, it became part of the Florence Spedale degli Innocenti on the orders of Leopold of Tuscany. Today the abbey, following extensive restoration in the 1990s thanks to the far-sightedness of its new owners, has returned to its former glory after decades of negligence and now houses an important cultural center for tourist associations. The small town of Fonte Vetriana can be found just beyond Spineto. There are the remains of ancient shelters and traces of prehistoric settlements. Fonte Vetriana is the perfect starting point for nature walks of great botanical and geological interest from the town to the summit of Monte Cetona.[2]


Events

 

   

The most important event in the Sarteano calendar is without a doubt the Giostra del Saracino (Saracen Jousting Tournament). This event takes place every year on 15 August. The Giostra is a recreation of ancient equestrian tournaments in commemoration of the battles fought between knights and Saracens.

 

Sarteano, the annual event in Piazza Grandeof the Giostra del Saracino

 

The knight charges at a wooden statue representing the Saracen. The statue is fixed to a pivot and is holding a flail in the right hand and a shield in the left hand. The knight has to try to pick a ring from the top of the shield using a long lance at full gallop. If the knight fails and hits the Saracen itself then the pivot will cause the Saracen to spin around and hit the unskilled knight on the back as he passes. Documents tell us that the Giostra has been held since at least 1583 when it took place as part of the celebrations for the San Rocco festival on 16 August, which was also the occasion of the Gioco della Pugna, or Punching Game, an extremely violent and dangerous team game. The Pugna was finally abolished in 1712 because of its extremity, and at this point the Giostra began its most glorious century. In 1755 the tournament grounds were moved from the narrow and dangerous town streets (Corso Garibaldi today) to the central piazza, where the tournament still takes place today. Written documents record that the event took place until at least 1820 and oral records suggest it continued over the following decades. The Giostra in its current form first took place in 1933, the year in which the five quarters or contrade of the town were instituted and the rules were drawn up. The town is subdivided into the following quarters: San Lorenzo or Porta Monalda in white and red; San Martino or Porta Umbra in white and blue; Sant Andrea or Castiglioncello in blue and red; Santissima Trinità or Spineta in yellow and violet; and San Bartolomeo or il Romitorio in white and violet. Before the contest itself the different Contrade parade in historical costumes with a wagon pulled by oxen that bears the prize, painted every year by a different artist, which will go to the winning contrada. The Captains, the damsels, the flag bearers, the musicians, the jousters and the grooms with the tournament horses pass through all the streets of the town before arriving at the piazza.

Other interesting events with a long tradition include the fairs. Records show that the local fairs have been running since the XVI century, when the General Council and the Credenza Council set out a series of regulations for the events, which took place over a few days. Today the two annual fairs are the Fiera di San Lorenzo on 10 August and the Fiera di San Martino on 11 November.There are also two important musical events that take place every year in Sarteano: in spring the Musica in Etruria Festival organised by the local council together with the Youth Orchestra from the Fiesole music school and in summer the Sarteano Jazz festival, which has been going for decades and has seen great jazz artists playing in the town s piazzas.[2]


Sarteano, culture extends to the kitchen

 

 

Giostramaestrodicampo
 Il Maestro di Campo, massima autorità sulla Lizza, seguito dal suo vice (Arezzo, Giostra del Saracino).

Sarteano, despite being next to central Italy s most important road and rail transport hubs, remains a borderland between Tuscany and Umbria. From a cultural and geographic point of view, Sarteano is entirely Tuscan. However, the influence of Umbria, which can be seen spreading out from the foot of the town into the Val di Chiana below, can be tasted in the town s cuisine. The wine and food resulting from this meeting of regions make Sarteano a pivotal point between the Val di Chiana and the Val d Orcia whose meeting and dividing point is Monte Cetona where the basic products of Mediterranean culture are highly esteemed: wine, olive oil and bread. Everything there is to say about Tuscan wine has already been said. Just follow the progress of some of the local labels wines through the top ranges of the international wine classifications every year, wines that noble sommeliers take the trouble to rate. These are full-bodied wines, always of the highest quality. Tuscan wines have, however, managed to remain true to their roots as sources of nourishment, without trying to join the futile round of arguments that sometimes makes wine seem like a fashionable plaything. The local olive oil is another matter: there is still plenty to say about it, given that beyond its incomparable nutritional qualities new beneficial properties are being discovered all the time. The best advice is to try it cold, on a slice of bread. It may seem strange, but these two simple ingredients are enough to allow the palate all too often battered by over-exposure to industrially produced foods - to rediscover our ancestral aromas and flavours. Oil and bread then; where the bread is without salt ( sciapo as we call it), making it perfectly suited to our dishes, which are always very savoury and overflowing with personality, ambassadors of the rich local culinary traditions. It has become almost a cliché to say that Tuscan cuisine originates in peasant farmers kitchens, and that is why it is healthy, ancient, and in many ways simple. These clichés, that may seem to be mere banalities, are absolutely true here, because the cuisine has genuinely been passed down from days gone by. Sarteano food and wine is a central part of the local people s ancient culture, people who wouldn t dream of settling down to lunch or dinner every day without a good glass of red or a simple plate of pici, the thick spaghetti hand-rolled with ancestral skill. The hilly landscape is well ventilated and faces the sun at just the right angle, practically demanding to be planted with the rows of vines that stretch in every direction wherever there is a thin sliver of available land. The olive groves themselves seem to be a natural part of the landscape, blending in perfectly with their surroundings; and the small olive trees suggest the small family holdings that are standard for olive groves here. Today, when much is made of typical fare sometimes without being able to give a precise definition of this term we can say that in Sarteano it is possible to find truly typical fare in all their many variations. Because typical fare implies fidelity to tradition, it means managing to transfer all the knowledge of past eras through the produce, while maintaining the outstanding points of the culture of a place; it means expressing the experience of generations and generations past in a flavour, in order to pass it on as the place s most precious inheritance to current generations.[2]

 

   

Villa La Foce

 
La Foce is the name of the large estate that lies within the Val d'Orcia, located between the towns of Pienza, Montepulciano and Chianciano Terme. It once consisted of a mediaeval castle, Castelluccio (little castle), and 57 farm buildings on 3190 hectares (7882 acres) of farmlands and woods, elements of which date back many thousands of years. It's a spectacular part of the Tuscan countryside, but one that has only become so because of the dedication of the farmers and the Origo family.
Bought in 1924 by Antonio and Iris Origo, La Foce existed under a co-op· arrangement. Farmers of Val d'Orcia would create produce for La Foce, the sale of which would fund the community and household.
At the time they took it over, however, Antonio and Iris had inherited an unprofitable wasteland with no community infrastructure and buildings falling into disrepair. Through hard work and an understanding of the environment, the valley was transformed into what is now commonly regarded as the pride of the Tuscan countryside.
The building the Origos decided to make their family home was actually the home of the then property overseer. The previous owners of the property had lived in the more significant Castelluccio, which the Origos decided to reserve for community use.

The house at La Foce dates back to the fifteenth century, when the villa was used as an inn, said to be a popular resting spot for travelers on the route to and from Rome. The property, however, has an even longer history as the Castelluccio, located on a nearby hill, is believed to have been built in the eleventh century and, preceding that, the land was once an Etruscan settlement dating back to the seventh century B.C. [3]

Visits

At the top of the ridge is the main entrance to the villa, still owned by the Origo family and since 1998 the seat of a foundation for the study of the landscape and environment of the Val d'Orcia. The gardens may be visited on Wednesdays (15.00-dusk; entrance fee, which is donated to charity). Ask at the farm office in the courtyard to the left of the house. They are usually at their best in May, June and September.


Villa La Foce Estate | La Foce - 61, Strada della Vittoria -53042 Chianciano Terme - Siena | www.lafoce.com

Gardens in Tuscany | Villa La Foce






La Foce garden

 


Castelluccio Bifolchi

 

 

Walking in the Val d'Orcia

 

Villa La Foce | Anello La Foce di Chianciano – Riserva di Lucciola Bella – Palazzone – Castelluccio

   

Trekking in Toscana | Anello La Foce di Chianciano – Riserva di Lucciola Bella – Palazzone – Castelluccio

 
Villa La Foce | Anello La Foce - Vetriana – Monte Cetona

   

Trekking in Toscana | Anello La Foce to Vetriana and Monte Cetona

 

Villa La Foce Estate | La Foce - 61, Strada della Vittoria -53042 Chianciano Terme - Siena | www.lafoce.com

Walking and trekking in Tuscany | Walking in the Val d'Orcia

Tarquinia | The Necropolises of Tarquinia and Cerveteri

 
   
   


The Abbazia di Spineto


Sarteano, abbazia di Spineta
The Abbazia di Spineto


       
 
   

Enlarge map Sarteano

Sarteano borders Cetona, Chianciano Terme, Chiusi, Pienza, Radicofani and San Casciano dei Bagni.
To the municipality of Sarteano also belong the localities of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Colle Sant`Alberto, Fonte della Regina and Fonte Vetriana.



[1] Foto:LigaDue,  licenziato in base ai termini della licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione-Condividi allo stesso modo 4.0 Internazionale
[2] Fonte/Source APT Chianciano terme Val di Chiana Centro Servizi Turistici | Comune di Sarteano.  visit the www.terresiena.it and www.vivichiancianoterme.it websites
[3] Immagini dell' Archivio Istituzione Giostra del Saracino del Comune di Arezzo. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
[4] Fonte: Giostra del Saracino a Sarteano: è il gran giorno | www.letruria.it

[5] Myles Baldwin, Period gardens: landscapes for houses with history, with photography by Simon Griffiths, Sydney, Murdoch Books, 2008

 



Restaurants in Sarteano

La Locanda dei Tintori, Piazza Bargagli, 26, Sarteano, 0578/267096
La Giara , Viale Europa, 2/4/6, Sarteano, 0578/265511 - 265698
Da Galliano , VIA ROMA, 5, Sarteano, 0578/268022
Il Saracino , Via di Fuori, 47, Sarteano, 0578/266322
Da Loriano , Via di Fuori, 55, Sarteano, 0578/265172
Carpe Diem , Via Campo dei Fiori, 12, Sarteano, 0578/265804
La Lanterna , Via Monte Bianco, 2, Sarteano, 0578/265300
La Torre ai Mari , Loc. Ai Mari, Sarteano, 0578/265370
Residenza Santa Chiara , Piazza Santa Chiara, 30, Sarteano, 0578/265412 - 266849
Taverna di Merlino , Via Di Fuori, 16, Sarteano, 0578/266746

Restaurants in Cetano

OSTERIA VECCHIA, Via Cherubini, 11, Cetona, 0578/239040 - Closed Tuesday
TRATTORIA DEL CONTADINO St. Pian delle Lamacce, 2, Cetona, 0578/238461 - Closed Monday
RISTORANTE SOBBORGO, Via Sobborgo 6/8, Ceton, 0578/239191 - Closed Monday
LA FRATERIA DI PADRE ELIGIO, Loc. Convento S. Francesco, Cetona, 0578/238015,
L'ANGOLO DEGLI ANTICHI SAPORI, Via Martiri della Libertà, Cetona, 0578/237066 Cell. 392-4199716 - Closed Monday
HOSTERIA LE NANE, Via Provinciale, 187 - Piazze, Cetona, 0578/245025 e 0578/770638 - Closed Thursday
RISTORANTE LA VIGNA, Via Provinciale, 123 Piazze, Cetona, 0578/244007 - Closed Tuesday
CANTINA LA FRASCA di Pimpolari Loretana, Via Roma, 13, Cetona, 0578-238682 Cell. 338-8480464
SPIRITO DI... VINO, Via Pavoncelli, 7, Cetona, 0578-238005 - Closed Tuesday
ARCO NATURALE - COUNTRY HOUSE, S. S. 321 Est, Cetona, 0578-21444


Podere Santa Pia

 

Podere Santa Pia sits on a hill overlooking the Maremma countryside in southern Tuscany,
and it offers absolutely everything that any of your senses would want of a Tuscan vacation