Sovana Travel Guide

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  • The gothic romanesque dome
    The gothic romanesque dome
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  • Sovana
    by PALLINA

Sovana Things to Do

  • Etruscan memories

    From the Hellenistic period comes the Tomba della Sirena dated III century B.C.It is a niche style monument on whose facade is a carving of a double-tailed siren symbolizing the Sea Goddess Scylla and the Otherworld.Inside the arch there is a woman's name inscribed above a funeral bed.This is part of the archeological park on the Pitigliano road...

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  • Rocca Sovana

    It was founded by the Etruscans, but in time Pitigliano became more important. There is a little church called SAnti Pietro e Paolo that is pretty and from 12th-13th century. Nearby is the Santa Maria church form the 16th century. It had a lot of tries to be famous by the first main occupying by the Aldobrandseschi family who built a castle. It was...

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  • Etruscan Necropolis

    Behind the Medici castle is the path leading to the Etruscan ruins/caves. The path is really dark and scary for those trepid ones. The necropolis was a very large complex during Etruscan era, and the tomb of Hildabranda is here in the rocks. He was named Pope Gregory in 1073, and wailed a lot of power in Italy at that time. Below the town are a lot...

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  • Shop the little local shops for variety

    It is a nice stroll to walk the main street and take in the little shops that vendors are selling valuable souvenirs. There are not many, but what was there had unique gifts to enjoy and look at with hope of purchasing.

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  • Where to Eat in Sovana

    If you want delicious food, friendly service in a charming setting at moderate prices go to Trattoria Pizzeria la Tavernetta in Sovana. You'll have a memorable meal served by the owners Mauro & Angela!

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  • Archeological Park

    This is really what Sovana is all about, its Etruscan heritage. Where the tripod is sitting there is a T-intersection and the even-narrower side chute leads up to an old necropolis that overhangs the cliff face.Imagine if you will the work involved in cutting through the earth to create this road without modern equipment over 2,000 years ago. We're...

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  • Not one horse, more one street town.

    Though there are officially three longitudinal streets in the town you could be forgiven for thinking there's only one and, where it diverges at the clock tower, its name changes.Whatever the number, as you walk up the Via Mezzo the first thing that stands out as you reach the Piazza del Pretorio is the Palazzo dell' Archivio, a XIIth century...

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  • Here a pope, there a pope

    Seems wherever one travels in this most Catholic of lands there are signs of a pope. One either lived here, was buried here, passed by here or had a palace here. In Sovana's case they have strong evidence that Pope Gregory VII was born in this very house in the 9th century. Probably linked to the powerful Aldobrandeschi family (his name was...

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  • The duomo

    At the opposite end of the street to the castle is the main church, of part Romanesque and part Gothic design and dating back to at least the 9th century. It has that wonderful historical feel, the doorway of white marble set in brown and grey stone with its bas reliefs and protective lions setting the mood for the two tone columns with their...

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Sovana Restaurants

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    by PALLINA Written May 5, 2008

    I expected it to be the typical trattoria toscana and I was a bit disappointed by this elegant ambience with cheminee, fresh roses on every table and silver plates. Actually it is definitely not a restaurant for backpackers but for a romantic dinner also. The dishes of the tuscany's tradition are very well represented but redesigned in a modern style and the wine list is very huge. Prices are in line with the above descriptions. The ambience inside is really romantic but also the summer patio is ok.

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Sovana Off The Beaten Path

  • A place to walk

    The paths and crumbling ruins on the edge invite you to walk around the narrow streets of Sovana and peer down into the gorge of the Fiume Lente.

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  • Via Cava

    To walk this Etruscan road in a snow storm with no one else in sight or sound is an eerie experience, evoking times gone past and thoughts of how and why it was built in this manner.Here I'm walking up to a hairpin bend on the Via Cava just out of Sorana.Here and there are ancient tombs cut into the rock, the mortal remains long since disappated...

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  • Sorana, that other town

    Sometimes, despite the great efforts they make, VT can be frustrating. For instance, Viterbo, a town of 60,000 people, doesn't rate a mention, yet Sovana, population marginally over 100, is in there. The nearby and more populous Sorana, from where Sovana is administered, also doesn't rate a mention so I've decided to give it the "Off the beaten...

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