A little history
Situated on the slopes of Mount Cetona, the village of Cetona retains the characteristic structure of the original medieval hill town, with lanes and streets that wind and spiral around the village leading up to the “Rocca” or keep. The 4000-year-old prehistoric settlement of Belverde is well worth a visit.
Cetona’s fascinating Prehistoric History Museum exhibits finds that date back to the Palaeolithic period and the bronze age. Visitors to the S. Michele Arcangelo church (built in 1155) can admire frescoes from the Siena school and others attributed to Cola Petruccioli.
The S.S Trinita church houses a cycle of frescoes by Pinturicchio.
The local economy relies primarily on agriculture and farming, although the tourist sector is beginning to play an increasingly important role. Olive oil, wine, cheese and cold meats are among the most famous local products. The local cuisine, which reaches back to the roots of the classic Tuscan tradition, is not to be missed.