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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…
Top Choice Tuscan in Pitigliano

Il Tufo Allegro

The aromas emanating from the kitchen door off Via Zuccarelli should be enough to draw you down the stairs and into the cosy dining rooms, which are carved out of tufo. Chef Domenico Pichini's menu ranges from tradi…
Top Choice Tuscan in Sovana

Vino al Vino

Mellow jazz plays on the soundtrack, art adorns every wall and the vibe is friendly at this hybrid cafe and enoteca on Sovana's main street. The speciality-roast coffee is good; cakes (sourced in Pitigliano) are eve…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Pitigliano

Angiolina Vineria

It may be modest in size, but this wine bar is ambitious in its aspirations. There's a small but stellar list of wines by the glass (order the Roccapesta Morellino di Scansano if it's on offer), and a similarly styl…
Cultural in Pitigliano

Torciata di San Giuseppe

Every spring on the night of the equinox there is a torch-lit procession down the Via Cava di San Giuseppe, which culminates in a huge bonfire in Pitigliano's Piazza Garibaldi. The procession serves as a symbol of p…
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 …
Italian in Pitigliano

Hostaria del Ceccottino

Specialising in piatti tipici (typical dishes), Ceccottino serves delicious versions of Tuscan classics such as spezzatino di cinghiale (wild boar stew), but also offers less-common dishes inspired by local produce.…
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…