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Wedding in Sovana


Already known in Etruscan and Roman age, from the 6th century center of primary importance of the zone as Episcopalian seat, Sovana was conquered by the Longobard the years 592-605 and became the most important power center of the zone.

It can seems strange but, despite the relief that the place has always had above all to institutional level, but the history and the evolution of the city is unknown until the 12th century, due to the lack of documentation.

In the Middle Age we find Sovana as a castle inserted in the territory of the Aldobrandeschi family. In this period was erected the fortress, that overlook, as a sentinel, the urban inhabited area, and of all the other numerous public buildings and churches.

This fortunate period of maximum shine for Sovana was due to the fact that Ildebrando of Soana, born here, became Pope, as Gregorio VII°, in the year 1073. The importance of Sovana decreased more and more and when, in the 14th century, the control of the zone passed to the family of the Orsini, these preferred to assemble their affairs on the new strengthened settlements of Sorano and Pitigliano.

The economic crisis and the prostration for the ‘malaria’ brought to a notable decrease of the population and the frequent wars between the Orsini and the Senese Republic for the control of the castle didn’t help Sovana to rise up again. From the summit of a cliff of tuff, set to the vertex of the inhabited area, rise the mighty ruins of the Rocca Aldobrandesca, erected in the 12-13th centuries on the place of the previous small Etruscan and Roman fortifications, that the perimeter of the walls seems tracings perfectly.


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The reddish mass of the fortification has the aspect that was given it after the 1572 restoration, when new ramparts was added to the walled enclosure. Because of the historical events that saw Sovana always at the border of the economic and social development of the zone, already during the years of 17th century begun the dismantlement of the Fortress.

Today still stand a tower and a line of walls, partly still endowed machicoulis in stone, besides the gate of access.

The surrounding zone is rich of stupendous Etruscan graves dug in the tuff.

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Sorano is build on a tuff crag. Its Medieval structure is well preserved with the HOUSES built-in rocks and developing in height. The massive Fortezza Orsini dominates the city, built as Rocca Aldobrandesca in the twelth century, is one of the most important architectural examples of a fortified complex in the Maremma area. Sorano arose in Medieval times under the Aldobrandeschi FAMILY, near the Etruscan Necropoli and the Vie Cave.Around the fourteenth century the Orsini family inherited it, as a consequence of the wedding between Romano Orsini and Anastasia Aldobrandeschi.

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In the village entrance there are the “Colombari”, enormous holes excavated in the tuff, dating back to the first century b. C. and once used as HOMESby primitive peoples.In the square there is the Tower of the Clock, The Church of Saint Niccolò built during the fourteenth century, and the ruins of the Renaissance Comitale Palace, once an Orsini residence.

Saint Rocco’s Necropoli is situated along the road which leads to Sovana, through a path which runs along the Romanic Church of Saint Rocco. Here there are Chamber Tombs and various Roman colombaria.



Pitigliano is a typical village of the Grosseto Maremma area.  Unique in its kind as it rises entirely from a tuff ROCK. The small town preserves various artistic monuments, dating from Medieval times to the Seventeenth century.

Founded by the Romans near Etruscan settlements delimited by walls, in Medieval times it became an Aldobrandeschi FAMILY possession. Pitigliano’s landscape is characterized by two big arches belonging to Medici’s Aqueduct, built during the seventeenth centuryPitigliano’s most massive monument is the Orsini Palace, dating back to medieval times (fourteenth century), well – known as Earls Orsini’s residence. The building was built on a pre-existent Franciscan convent  and has a sixteenth century style.

Today Pitigliano is also known as “Little Jerusalem”. Jews inhabited it since the end of the fifth century, soon becoming a refuge center for central Italy’s community. The Ghetto, situated in the center of the village, has streets and “vicoli” (small and narrow streets) where Jewish social, cultural and religious life took place. The Synagogue dates back to the sixteenth century and testifies the perfect integration between the Jews and Catholic community. The Jewish Cemetery dates back to the second half of the sixteenth century when Earl Niccolò IV Orsini gave a small plot of land to his Jewish private doctor who buried his wife there. The main street leads to the square of Saint Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. A Cathedral built in medieval times with works of art dating from the seventeenth century until last century. From this point you reach another small square with the Church of Saint Rocco and its Renaissance facade. The Church and Convent of Saint Frances, built during the sixteenth century by the Orsini family, an early CHRISTIAN Temple, probably built on an existing Etruscan Tomb. These are only some of the solemn places you will find in Pitigliano.

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