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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…
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 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…
Cultural in Sovana

Sovana Medieval

Sovana's annual moment in the spotlight comes courtesy of this medieval festival on the last weekend in June.
Trattoria in Sovana

La Tavernetta

Bag a table on the street-side terrace of this casual eatery near the tourist office for simple, traditional local dishes by day (try the tortelli alla Maremmana or salumi Toscana) and pizzas from a wood-fired oven …