A day with the Etruscans
Sarteano is a meaningful and interesting site for Etruscan civilization from the IXth to Xth century B.C . Entrepreneurship, art, mystery with all their charm will enchant the eyes and the soul of the visitor to the objects inside of the museum. I suggest you visit a painted tomb from the second half of the IVth century B.C, with scenes unique in Etruria. This is the Tomb of the Infernal Chariot. So are you ready to do a journey in the Hades?
The tomb is open on request.
Chiusi: the visit to the Chiusi’s “Underground city” through myths, legends and history, adds to the knowledge of the rich archeological , art-historical and geographical characteristics of the city , offering visitors evocative underground vestiges of the past with its Etruscan tombs, Christian catacombs and the underground complex of the “Labyrinth of Porsenna” ( it is long140 m.). It consists of a complex of tunnels, forming part an Etruscan hydraulic system. We can conclude the visit to Lake “Chiusi”, where the restaurants offer typical Etruscan dishes: “brustico”, “Persico “ fish with local extra virgin olive oil, accompanied by a white wine from the Val di Chiana area.
Duration: full day.
It is also suitable for students.
The “Pearl of the Reinassance”: Montepulciano: in this city you can admire the Florentine Renaissance style. A typical example is the church of San Biagio, built by Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio. “Piazza Grande” is the main square , in which stands the Cathedral, with rich works of art and the Contucci and Tarugi noble palaces ,the “Grifi” and “ Leoni” wells and finally the Town Hall. Don’t miss the National “Crociani” museum, in which you can admire Etruscan and Roman finds, and paintings from the XIIIth to the XVIIIth century. Inside there is a section dedicated entirely to the glazed terracotta of Luca and Andrea della Robbia.
The tour ends with tasting a good red wine “Nobile di Montepulciano” labelled DOCG , in famous wine cellars.
Duration: 3 hours, with a wine tasting it takes four hours.