Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Città del Tufo

Parco Archeologico 'Città del Tufo'

At Tuscany's most significant Etruscan tombs, 1.5km east of town, signs in Italian and English guide you around four elaborate burial sites. The headline exhibit is the Tomba Ildebranda, named after Gregory VII, whi…
Museum in Pitigliano

La Piccola Gerusalemme

Head down Via Zuccarelli and turn left at a sign indicating 'La Piccola Gerusalemme' to visit this fascinating time capsule of Pitigliano's rich but sadly near-extinct Jewish culture. It incorporates a tiny, richly …
Archaeological Site in Pitigliano

Museo Archeologico all'Aperto 'Alberto Manzi'

An open-air museum, south of Pitigliano on the road to Saturnia, which contains sections of vie cave (sunken roads hewn out of tufo) and several Etruscan necropolises. The vie cave are fascinating to explore – popul…
Fort in Sorano

Fortezza Orsini

Work on this massive fortress started in the 11th century. Today it still stands sentinel over the town, its sturdy walls linking two bastions surrounded by a dry moat. The highlight of any visit is undoubtedly a gu…
Cathedral in Sovana

Duomo

Built over a 200-year period starting in the 12th century, this Romanesque–Gothic cathedral was commissioned by local boy-made-big Pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand of Sovana; c 1015–85). Its strangely positioned doorway…
Museum in Pitigliano

Museo Civico Archeologico di Pitigliano

Head up the stone stairs to this small but well-run museum, which has rich displays of finds from local Etruscan sites. Highlights include some huge intact bucchero (black earthenware pottery) urns dating from the 6…
Archaeological Site in Sorano

Area Archeologica di Vitozza

More than 200 caves pepper a high rock ridge here, making it one of the largest troglodyte dwellings in Italy. The complex was first inhabited in prehistoric times. To explore the site, you'll need two hours and stu…
Museum in Sovana

Museo di San Mamiliano

In 2004 archaeologists excavating beneath the ruined 9th-century Church of St Mamiliano made the discovery of a lifetime – a cache of 498 gold coins buried in a vase under the church floor in the 5th century AD. Mos…
Church in Sovana

Santa Maria Maggiore

Designed in a Romanesque–Gothic transitional style, the 16th-century frescoes in the apse of this church are perhaps the main reason to head inside; there's also an unusual stone ciborium (vaulted canopy over the al…
Museum in Pitigliano

Museo di Palazzo Orsini

Enlarged by the ruling Orsinis in the 16th century, this 13th-century castle later became the residence of the local bishop and is now a museum. Its rooms are filled with an eclectic collection of artworks and local…