CITIES: PITIGLIANO, SOVANA AND SORANO
drive right and after 6 Km go right on the road Usi-Saturnia,
after 500 m. go left to Rocchette di Fazio. Little
mid age village, on the roc above the Albegna River:
The Aldobrandesca fortress, the ingress door of the
castle, the magistrate palace and the hospital built
in 1300. Forward you find Semproniano. Also this is
a medieval village on the top of the hill, so you
climb across very little streets and stairs just to
the rests of the Aldobrandesca castle. Then you continue
passing Cattabbio and S.Martino sul Fiore and find
before Sovana you can visit the necropolis and excavations
of Sopraripa (3°and 2° century before Christ)
and on the hill near to it Poggio Prisca there is
the grave Ildebranda of the 3°century, important
grave, evidencing the wellness of the local aristocracy
and the Sileno grave with his singular circle structure.
A lit behind on the same pad you admire a room grave
in witch afterwards was made a characteristic pigeons
house. In the Roman period these were used for conserve
Sovana: unique village with a lot
Sorano, built on one of the many
plateau of the Lente River, is a medieval village
almost intact. The Orsini fortress is an important
witness of the medieval and renaissance architecture.
Born as a defence point of the Aldobrandeschi was
afterwards (in 1380) included in the new construction
of the Orsini Palace. You enter by crossing a bridge
over a first ditch. In the centre you see an ingress
door with arch, decorated with the lions of the Aldobrandeschi
and the bears and roses of the Orsini.
of the Aldobrandeschi with tree circular towers and fortified
wall became in 1313 residence of the Roman family of the
Orsini. Part of the fortress was razed to the ground in
1465 for building a new palace in the village centre,
that you can visit from 10-13 and from 15-19 closed on
At Pitigliano lives also an important Jewish community.
The synagogue is open 10.00-12.00 and 15.00-17.00 closed
The Archaeological museum is open 10.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00,
closed on Monday.
Market on Wednesday.
For the botanic garden of Terra Rossa call 0564 616039.
The “vie cave” are Etruscan road excavates
in the rocs. They begin at Capisotto in the historical
centre of Pitigliano than go down bi the stairs to the
“Porta di Sovana”, her you choose which path
you like to walk.
Return by Manciano: poses of the Aldobrandeschi from 1274,
passed to the Orsini and, conquered by the community of
Siena in 1416. These, strengthen the fortress and made
the defends wall higher. In 1557 was given to the Medici
of Florence and in 1783 became de principal town of the
posses of the Lorena (Montemerano, Saturnia e Capalbio).
Historical museum. .