Not far from Chianciano, we find another city with ancient origins. Traces of the area’s Etruscan past can be found around Sarteano, dating to the 9th to 1st centuries BCE. The most important necropolises from this period are Palazzina, located along one of the vie Cupe, the name for the routes leading to Chiusi, and Pianacce. The latter has conserved a series of extraordinary discoveries and is located in a stunning corner of nature, boasting a splendid view of the Valdichiana. Here, you can visit the exceptional Quadriga Infernale tomb, vaunting unique paintings and bright colours dating to the second half of the 4th century BCE that depict a red-haired demon leading a chariot pulled by two lions and two griffins, probably Charun – the Etruscan Charon – in his only depiction as Auriga guiding souls to Hades. Alongside the Quadriga Infernale tomb, you can find numerous hypogea dated to between the end of the 6th century to the 1st century BCE; these comprise a necropolis occupied by noble families of a certain rank. The demi-circular podium-altartied to three of these hypogea and dedicated to funerary rituals is of great interest. This extraordinary site, which is open to the public, is only one of the several tombs in the area. Traces of this intense and dynamic past, including Orientalized canopic jars, bucchero, Etruscan and Attic ceramics, extraordinary funerary statues made from pietra fetida and Roman artefacts, can be found on display at the Archeological Museum in Sarteano.