Città del Tufo

Sovana is certainly the prettiest village in the area. It is a perfectly preserved medieval village, with streets, houses and churches of the time. It is very pleasant to spend a day there, if anything, having lunch in one of the excellent local restaurants and shopping in the characteristic artisan shops, after a visit to the fascinating Etruscan Necropolis. Here was originally Pope Gregory VII, Ildebrando da Sovana, one of the fundamental popes for Medieval History.

Pitigliano, entirely perched on a tuff spur, is well known for its long history, which has already seen it since the Middle Ages, an important urban center of the Papal States, then the capital under the Orsini of the area. Among the suggestive alleys dug into the tuff you can find various craft shops, as well as the synagogue center of the Jewish Ghetto, which during the war was an important meeting point for the Jewish community in the area.

Sorano is smaller than Pitigliano, but no less fascinating, with its historic center, made up of alleys set one another, with its shops and the Sienese Fortress which dominates the tufa rock on which the village stands.