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Holidays in Cetona

Cetona is a medieval hilltop town located in the southern slopes of Siena, Tuscany.  The entire town is encircled by an imposing 10th century rocca (fortress), and is brimming with archaeological riches.

Cetona is believed to have been one of Italy's oldest settlements, with humans living at the foot of Mount Cetona over 40,000 years ago due to the area’s vast clay supply and forests.

Steeped in history, Cetona marks a moment in time with its Etruscan archaeological sites and early neo-Paleolithic caves. Cetona boasts all the picturesque views you would expect from Tuscany, with striking cypress trees and a beautiful backdrop of pine forests.

Cetona has its history in agriculture: the community have worked the land for generations, particularly for viniculture and olive cultivation, and you can see the thriving vines and olive groves dotted across the region. In fact, within the world of Italian gastronomy, Cetona is famed for its own special extra virgin olive oil, Terre di Siena, which boasts a prized D.O.P. label.

Expect a slower pace during your holiday in Cetona, with its narrow lanes, and cobblestoned streets. Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi is the main square and historic centre of Cetona, where you will find small stores, historical buildings and interesting workshops to explore.

A two and a half hours drive from Pisa Airport, Cetona is located in an area where Umbria and Lazio converge, and other small historic towns such as Sarteano, Chianciano and Chiusi are near enough for exciting day trips from Cetona.

For a charming, tranquil experience of Tuscany, you’ll want to holiday in Cetona.

Things to do

Museo Civico per la Preistoria del Monte Cetona

Discover ancient relics and archaeological finds on display that showcase the rich history of Monte Cetona at the town’s civic museum.

La Rocca

Now a private home, the 10th century fortress of Cetona remains an imposing building that you can observe just by strolling through Cetona’s streets. As you do, it’s easy to be taken back to a bygone era of power and protection.

Religious attractions

Cetona is home to several centuries-old churches, including the 12th century, Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, 15th century Chiesa la Collegiata della San Trinita church, and the 13th century Convento di San Francesco.

Belvedere Archeodromo

Just outside of Cetona you will find a sprawling archaeological park that takes you back in time, with a reconstructed Bronze Age village, a Paleolithic campground and activities that bring the adventure of archaeological digs to life.
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