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the Castle of Cetamura

The medieval town in Castelnuovo Berardenga

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Castelnuovo Berardenga
The medieval fortified city of Cetamura became an Etruscan settlement in VI B.C., nonetheless, it is first cited in a document that dates back to 1071. By 1140, it had its own castle while its first primitive communal organization was founded between 1173 and 1174. Around the mid XIII century, it became a Cartesian commune, governing Siena’s surrounding countryside. The town was one of the Berardenga family’s vicarage communities in the XIV century. Due to its strategic position along the frontier, the castle played a relevant defensive role until the middle of the XVI century. Only a few traces of the castle remain within the rural complex. Ruins of the portal which once graced the settlement’s entrance proves the structure’s most significant example of medieval architecture.

Castelnuovo Berardenga
Charming hills, romanesque churches and a sea of castles
Nestled among the blossoming hills of the Chianti and the incredible landscape of the Crete Senesi, the charming area of Castelnuovo Berardenga is found just outside Siena, on the hills separating the first part of the Ombrone valley from the Arbia stream. ...