Sarteano is a charming medieval hamlet located on a plateau between the Val d’Orcia and Valdichiana. An area rich in breathtaking views, the town of Sarteano has been inhabited since ancient times. Indeed, it boasts some of the area’s most importantEtruscan tombs in Tuscany.
Much of the Etruscan artifacts found in the area are now part of the permanent collection of the Etruscan Museum of Sarteano. The town’s 5th century castle is an important example of the towns medieval origins. Among the noteworthy buildings in the town are the church of San Martino in Foro; the Collegiate Church dedicated to San Lorenzo and Sant’Apollinare; the Palazzo Comunale; Palazzo Piccolomini; Palazzo Goti-Fanelli and Palazzo Cennini; and the Teatro degli Arrischianti.
Every year, on August 15, the town holds the Joust of the Saracens, an exciting medieval joust on horseback of medieval origins. A few kilometres from the historic centre, across uncontaminated forests and woods, visitors can reach the fortified Abbey of Spineto and the medieval village of Castiglioncello sul Trinoro.