From the nineteenth century pharmacy, which was the cultural cenacle of the country, to the small eighteenth-century Teatro degli Arrischianti, Sarteano shows immediately its value. Worth the trip since here to the beautiful Annunciation by Domenico Beccafumi in the church of San Martino: realized in 1546, two years after the famous painter complained in a letter that he was not yet paid. The village has the good fortune of being in a beautiful territory, that puts together the uncontaminated Val d'Orcia, coffer of biodiversity, and the wonderful landscapes of the Val di Chiana.
Conscious of living in a blessed place in the ancient heart of central Italy, 5thousand inhabitants were able to constitute a thirty associations, all culturally alive and busy even where one would expect only peace, silence and perhaps boredom. On the contrary: Sarteano is bubbling of activity, it has a vibrant theatrical and musical scene (the Accademia degli Arrischianti, founded in 1731, was refounded thirty years ago), it attracts artists and preserves its craftsmen. Visited the palaces of the most ancient and important families, and the castle around which arose the village, it exits from the historical center to climb along Monte Cetona, whose slopes are dotted with small settlements, ruins, sources, streams. The toponyms remind us of the ties with history, with the ancient families, with water. The charm of these paths is not given only by the beauty of nature, but also from their ancient bond with the man: first by the Etruscans and then the pilgrims and wayfarers directed along the Via Francigena.
NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.