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The imposing square bulk of the 10th century bridge house speaks clearly of the medieval origins of Sarteano, which lies along a ridge overlooking the Chiana Valley.


Sarteano CastelloAlthough there are many undoubtedly interesting secular and religious buildings in the town, we particularly recommend a visit to the church of San Martino in Foro; the Collegiate church, dedicated to Saints Lorenzo and Apollinare, also holds some exquisite works of art.
Among the secular buildings are the Town Hall, Palazzo Piccolomini, Palazzo Goti-Fanelli and Palazzo Cennini; another small jewel is the Teatro degli Arrischianti.

Definitely worth a visit is the Archaeological Museum, which displays many important Etruscan and Roman pieces. Every year on 15th August the town celebrates the "Giostra del Saracino", an exciting horse race with medieval roots.

A few kilometres from the centre, through untouched thick woods, are the Spineto abbey fortress and the medieval village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro.

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