Belverde Archaeological Park Naturalistic

 

A few steps from the village of Cetona you can visit the naturalistic archaeological Park of Belverde; An excellent opportunity to learn historical and archaeological notions immersed in an unspoilt landscape surrounded by woods of holm oak trees.
The park is passable on foot, with the help of a guide, through corridors, halls, tunnels, sinkholes formed in the travertine blocks over millennia (all equipped and illuminated by a photovoltaic system). Some of them were even chosen as places of burial and worship, as evidenced by the archaeological research still underway.

 

The sacred use of the Milky grotto is, for example, testified by the finding of votive objects from the Hellenistic period as reproductions of children in bands, anatomical thickeners, miniature jars and bronze coins. Until the 1930s, the belief was still alive that dripping water from the walls, if drunk by mothers during lactation, had the magic power to favour the secretion of milk. The tradition, which wants it to be a place of the saint, owes its name to the Grotta di San Francesco, the largest of the whole complex. On the path that leads to the Franciscan hermitage of Santa Maria You can cross three communicating cavities, the cave of the Walnut, the cavern of the Poggetto and the Nerisa of the road; Here too, traces of human presence have been found. Connected to the park is the Civic Museum for prehistory of Mount Cetona that documents the phases of human population in the territory, from the Paleolithic to the end of the Bronze Age.