The Infernal Quadriga of Sarteano is one of the most incredible finds of Etruscan art in the last 20 years. The discovery was only made in 2003 and brought light to a tomb dug into the travertine at a depth of 5 metres and decorated with an exceptional pictorial sequence that doesn’t seem to have been affected by time.
When entering the tomb, you immediately recognise the quadriga led by the demon of death, Charun, the Etruscan equivalent of Charon. A few steps ahead, however, you find yourself in front of a painting that leaves little to the imagination, a male couple, most likely the deceased, lovingly exchanging an eternal embrace. Scholars haven’t yet established whether this is a father-son relationship, but the tender and loving embrace makes many people believe that this is a couple in love.
Visits to the Quadriga Infernale are limited to preserve the fragile beauty of the site and can be booked by following the instructions on the Archaeological Museum of Sarteano website. Alternatively, you can admire the reproduction of the tomb made in 2009, located on the lower floor of the Sarteano museum.