The village of Sovana
The village of Sovana is certainly unique and characteristic. The central point where everything develops is Piazza del Pretorio. Here there are almost all the most important buildings of the village: the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Church of San Mamiliano (today also a museum with part of the famous Sovana Treasure inside), Palazzo Bourbon del Monte, Palazzo dell’Archivio, Palazzo del Pretorio, the Loggia del Capitano.
Continuing along the main street, not far from the aforementioned square, we will pass in front of the house of Ildebrando di Sovana, Pope Gregory VII and at the end of this street we will find the Cathedral, dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. This building has a very particular history, and is certainly the most important in the country. On the opposite side of the village, already visible from the road coming from Sorano / Pitigliano, the Rocca Aldobrandesca.
Outside the inhabited center, the magic of Sovana continues in the Etruscan Necropolis, certainly the richest in the area with many tombs such as, among the most important, that of the Siren, the Ildebrando tomb, the tomb of Silenus and the tomb of Typhon.
Another unique attraction of this area is the vie cave. Ancient streets carved into the tufaceous rock present only in the three cities of the tuff. In Sovana we point out “Il Cavone” and the via cava di “San Sebastiano”. Both are located within the Sovana necropolis and are part of the large “Città del Tufo Archaeological Park”.
In addition, which is not bad, the streets of Sovana are also perfect for trying the local food and wine. Restaurants, wine bars, bars are present in large numbers and are ready to satisfy any type of palate with typical products of the tuff and Maremma lands.