Day Two: head to Cetona, where you’ll be amazed by the Museum for the Prehistory of Monte Cetona. The collection documents the area’s history and its inhabitants since Paleolithic Age. A short detour takes us to the prehistoric settlement of Belverde, with its system of 25 caves that were settled 40,000 years ago. The Archeodromo di Belverde, close to the archaeological area, is an educational pathway designed to complete a visit to the museum and park. Guided tours and workshops are held locally (disabled access to the entire site, except the caves).
Sport and hiking lovers will feel at home here. Monte Cetona is the highest point in all of the Val di Chiana, populated with foxes, badgers, deer, buzzards and other birds of prey, porcupines and wild deer. Monte Cetona is best explored on foot, horseback or by mountain bike, along the many trails that wind through the woodland.
After the village of Cetona, continue towards Chiusi for an afternoon of history and mystery. In the Etruscan village, visit the Porsenna Labyrinth, a set of underground tunnels that run beneath the historic centre of Chiusi. These tunnels, filled with inscriptions and urns in alabaster, marble and travertine, were mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historiae, which chronicles Marcus Terentius Varro’s news about the existence of a wonderful Mausoleum of Porsenna.
After your nature and history exertions, finish the day with a plate of pici: hand-rolled pasta shaped like fat, uneven spaghetti. Or opt for brustico, freshwater fish cooked over a grill of lake reeds.