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Cetona

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MEDIEVAL TOWN RICH OF HISTORY

The origin of the name Cetona perhaps derives from an ancient Church paleocristiana mentioned in documents of 1275.

Cetona was inhabited since Etruscan and Roman times, while in 1207 you have the first evidence of the castle of Cetona. The village was under the Dominion of the Republic of Orvieto and then move in 1418 for a century and a half the Republic of Siena.

In 1556 the inhabitants surrendered to the conquest of the Imperial Army and the village was so absorbed by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

There followed a brief but flourishing period for the town, where it became a fief of the Vitelli family; He returned later to be part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and followed the fate until the unification of Italy.

 

A TANGLE OF NATURE AND RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURE

The peculiarity of Cetona is to be a perfect combination of the sweetness of the landscape that surrounds and architectural stones present in the village. The streets of the town are here called ridges, because lining the mountain.

The village stretches around Piazza Garibaldi built on wanting Gian Luigi Vitelli, appointed Marquis by doctors, and continues towards the Rivellino Tower. Piazza Garibaldi is surrounded by 17th-century buildings including Palazzo Vitelli.

There are numerous squares and palaces to discover, including Palazzo Sgarroni, Palazzo Minutelli today seat of the City Hall and the Municipal Museum.

At one time the town wall had three laps, today in the round tower of the 16th-century Ravelin is preserved even the trace of the third circle of walls. Don't miss the most beautiful church of the village is dedicated to "Santissima Trinità" and the 18th district surrounded by a wonderful park of 15 hectares.

 

Traditions

Village with ancient origins is also rich in traditions such as Cetona in fiore, a fair which takes place in April, Fiera di Primavera, the Fiera d'Autunno. But the most striking is the tradition Corsa delle Brocche, a reenactment in which are fundamental strength and fellowship; the challenge is to bring, as a couple, a pitcher full of water for every county in the country.

Typical products

The most famous dish is the pici pasta with garlic sauce, a type of long pasta topped with tomato sauce and garlic and chilli. Among the products Cetona boasts a rich production of olive oil and wine, so much so that the associations Città dell'olio and Città del vino Chianti dei Colli Senesi.

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