itinerary for 3 or more days in Southern Tuscany
Sep22

The best suggestions for your itinerary for 3 or more days in Southern Tuscany

If you are organizing an itinerary for 3 or more days in Southern Tuscany, you would be aware that you will have all the available time to visit the territory without any hurry, dedicating the right attention to each place.

In an itinerary for 3 or more days in Southern Tuscany you will discover a territory that is able to offer you a lot.. in addition to the hills where the three medieval village of Sorano, Pitigliano and Sovana are situated, surrounded by the etruscan remains, you can reach both the seaside and the mountain with a short distance. In this guide we favor the local itineraries, discovering the Hilltop Towns, but we are pleased to suggest you also farther routes.. Hotel della Fortezza is only one hour far from Amiata mountain and the beautiful Argentario coast, or for those who prefer the lake, Bolsena lake is only 20 kilometers far from here.


First Day

Morning – The medieval village of Sorano and the Park of San Rocco

Reach the historical center by descending directly from the stairway in Piazza Cairoli. In few minutes you will find yourselves walking through the strict alleys of Sorano. With the help of the map of the center that you will receive at the moment of your arrival, it won’t be difficult to identify the ancient Porta dei Merli, the medieval door that will bring you outside of the ancient walls of the town, in the direction of the Via Cava of San Rocco. With the maps of the territory given by us it will be very easy to find the different steps of your itinerary for 3 or more days in Southern Tuscany! Follow the indication, and walk until the end to reach the Park of San Rocco on the other side of the valley, in about forty minutes of hiking. Take a break in the tables in the shadow of the trees, relax yourselves and enjoy the breathtaking view, and leave again..

Afternoon –  Vitozza

This first day of your itinerary for 3 or more days in Southern Tuscany will be a little hard, but we can assure it’s worth it!..

Instead of come back to the historical center by the same road of the outward voyage, choose an adventurous “deviation”.. As you probably will notice while descending to the valley, there are two different direction to follow; on one side the Via Cava, and on the other side “The Lost City” of Vitozza in the village of San Quirico, reachable by following the recommended itinerary of about 3/4 hours.

To come back to Sorano you can ask us to organize for you a low-cost transfer service also at the moment of your check-in, or if you finish the visit to Vitozza within 6.30 pm, the bus 2470 of the line Tiemme will bring you directly to the parking area in Via San Marco, from the main square of San Quirico.


Second Day

Morning – The Orsini Fortress and the medieval village of Sovana

Keep calm, wake up and enjoy the breakfast, the first guided tour of the Orsini Fortress will start at 11 o’clock am. Once finished the 45-minutes visit of the walls of the castle, the undergrounds and the Museum of the Middle-Ages and the Renaissance, and here you are, ready to take the car and leave towards Sovana, just 9 kilometers from Sorano. A real jewel of medieval architecture, composed by only two roads, Sovana is the small Hilltop Town that hosts the Museum of San Mamiliano in its main square.

At your arrival at Hotel della Fortezza you will receive a discount to visit all the attractions of the Archaeological Park Città del Tufo, that means Hilltop Towns, including the entrance to the museum and to the etruscan Necropolis of Sovana. Stop for lunch in one of the restaurant of Sovana, we will be please to suggest you the best ones!

Afternoon – The etruscan Necropolis of Sovana and Saturnia

Continuing for two kilometers in the same road that you took to come to Sovana , you can easily find the free parking area of the necropolis. Leave the car and reach the information office in the entrance of the park, where you can also require an audio guide that will help you to understand what you are going see.

Our suggestion is to dedicate at least 2 hours to the necropolis. Once concluded the visit, a good way to end the day with a bang is to keep going in the same direction, reaching Saturnia and its “Cascate del Mulino”. In just 25 kilometers of distance you can enjoy the wonderful open-air natural hot springs, few minutes far from the medieval village of Saturnia.


Third Day

Morning – The etruscan Vie Cave of Pitigliano

Before exploring the area and carrying out longer distances, you should dedicate al least one day of your itinerary of 3 or more days in Southern Tuscany to the visit of the nearby Hilltop Town Pitigliano, 9 kilometers from Sorano. Just few steps from the historical center you can visit the stunning Vie Cave; and then, when the hiking will have made you hungry, come back to the alleys to find a good restaurant..

Vie Cave St. Giuseppe and Fratenuti

You can leave the car in one of the following suggested parking areas of the town, and than, descend walking to the valley, by crossing all the center, until the point in which the Jewish Ghetto, Via Zuccarelli, meets the Corso,Via Roma, arrive to the “Porta di Sovana” where a long stairway will bring you to the first Via Cava, Poggio Cani.

  • Piazza Dante Alighieri – RECOMMENDED – Free parking lot – 200mt far from the center, 750 mt far from the reception (Via Roma 106).
  • Piazza della Repubblica – Really few parking lot available, indicated by the blue stripe. The cost is 1,50 € each hour, € 6 per day. 200mt far from the reception. Especially during the high season, you can use this parking in order to unload your luggages and than go to the free parking lot.
  • Piazza Garibaldi – Really few parking lot available, indicated by the blue stripe. The cost is 1,50 € each hour, € 6 per day. 300 mt far from the reception. Especially during the high season, you can use this parking in order to unload your luggages and than go to the free parking lot.

Through Poggio Cani you will arrive in 10 minutes in the provincial road, turn right and reach the valley of the Lente river where there is the entrance to the Via Cava Fratenuti and Via Cava St. Giuseppe, both very suggestive and well preserved. You can park the car near the big corner that cross the river if you do not want to arrive there on foot from the village.

Now, you can choose if visit one or the other Via Cava, or both! The walking will last 1 hours in Fratenuti and more time for St. Giuseppe because it is longer and there are more caves to visit during the path. Once arrived at the end, reach the Olmo Fountain where you can drink some water and relax in the shadow in one of the picnic tables.

Via Cava Il Gradone and the open-air Archaeological Museum Alberto Manzi

As an altenative,with a short distance by car in the direction of Manciano and then San Quirico, you can reach the open-air Archaeological Museum Alberto Manzi, with a big free parking area before the entrance. Lost yourselves discovering the etruscan cities and reach the necropolis through the Via Cava Il Gradone, that from the top of the hill descends in the fond of the valley.

Afternoon – Pitigliano and the Little Jerusalem

To conclude your Itinerary for 3 or more days in Southern Tuscany to the Hilltop Towns, do not miss the village recognized as one of the most beautiful in Italy…Pitigliano! Get lost in the narrow streets.. each of them leads to a panoramic view!

In the main square, Piazza della Repubblica, the Orsini Palace hosts the Archaeological Museum of the Etruscan Civilization where it is possible to admire the remains found in the Necropolis of Poggio Buco in Pitigliano and in the area called “Macerie”, ruins, in the center of the town.

Keep on walking and follow the direction of the Jewish Ghetto, where to visit the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum. Come to see us at the borgo-hotel La Casa degli Archi in Via Roma 106, we are the same staff of Hotel della Fortezza!


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Sep22

How to organize your itinerary for 2 days in Southern Tuscany

Staying more than one night at Hotel della Fortezza, you will have more time available to venture discovering the territory of the Hilltop Towns and to see with your own eyes the history that characterizes it. Although two days go by very fast, by following our suggestions you can have an idea about how to organize the visit of the villages and the necropolis in your itinerary for 2 days in Southern Tuscany.


First Day

By leaving in the morning you will have the possibility to enjoy a more suitable temperature for the path that we suggest to undertake.. First step of your itinerary for 2 days in Southern Tuscany? The Park of San Rocco! It will be very easy to identify the path when you will be looking at the map of Sorano realized by Hotel della Fortezza, that our staff will give you at the moment of your arrival. Once crossed the Porta dei Merli, the ancient door of the city built by the Merli family, reach the fond of the valley, you will find all the indications to get to the park through the Via Cava of San Rocco… from there the road will be upward!

Reaching the park through the Via Cava will take around 30/40 minutes, and once you arrived in the terrace that offer you shade and tables where to relax and a unique view of Sorano, you can also visit the two small necropolis right inside the park. You can walk again in the same road to come back to your room.

  • Afternoon : The undergrounds of the Orsini Fortress and the Hilltop Town of Sorano

A good lunch, a coffee, a fast siesta in front of the panorama from the hotel and you will be ready for the guided tour of the Orsini Fortress! We believe that the words of the guides who will accompany you through the different parts of the ancient complex of the castle, from the external walls to the undergrounds, will bring you in the past.. when the Orsini Fortress represented the most important military stronghold of Southern Tuscany!

Once concluded the tour, you should visit the village of Sorano.. a labyrinth of strict alleys and little squares, where getting lost is only a pleasure! While walking in the historical center you will realize that the rhythms of life are slow, different also from the nearby village Pitigliano, bigger and more famous as touristic roads, and you will appreciate the wellness and quietness that most of us are not used to live.

To conclude your first day of your itinerary for 2 days in Southern Tuscany, you can move for few kilometers, in the nearby village Pitigliano, whose historical center is even more suggestive at the sunset.. You can choose to dine in the Food Bar of Hotel della Fortezza, tasting the typical flavors of this land, or in one of the restaurants in Pitigliano, and then enjoy the walking in that Hilltop Town, that, like as Sorano, offer wonderful panoramas from its tuff spur.


Second Day

What shouldn’t miss in your itinerary for 2 days in Southern Tuscany? Don’t forget what once was the main etruscan center of the Southern Tuscany, and that still preserves historical remains that are unique in the world…Sovana! Arrived near Sovana, you will notice that you have to deviate from the provincial road to get to the village, passing from the paved road to the beautiful ancient floor of the historical center.. In the main square, you have access to the Museum of San Mamiliano, with the discounted ticked that you will receive as a guest of Hotel della Fortezza.

From the center of Sovana, the etruscan Necropolis is reachable in just few minutes by car. As you will see, you have access both to the free part of the historical park and to the one that need the payment of a ticket, where the monumental tombs are. We suggest you to dedicate all the rest of the morning to this area that will surely amaze you!

The Archaeological Park Città del Tufo includes also the cave settlement of Vitozza, perfect place for an afternoon through nature and history.

After the visit of Sovana, follow the contrary direction from which you arrived to come back to Sorano, and to reach San Quirico that is only 5 kilometers distant. You can park the car in the main square of the town, where it is easy to identify the entrance to the park. Vitozza is also called “the lost city” because today it appears like an open-air museum where it is possible to admire the testimonies of the culture of the caves, through the typical caves built in different levels, as well as the ancient church called “Chiesaccia” surrounded by the vegetation, the medieval “colombario” and the buildings of the ancient medieval manor houses.

The territory of the Hilltop Towns offers different chances of wellness and relax…so why don’t you take a break and add a step in the hot springs in your itinerary for 2 days in Southern Tuscany?

Terme di Sorano (5 minutes far from Hotel della Fortezza) – Small and silent private center immersed in the green of the tuscan wild nature, easy reachable going in the direction of Pitigliano. In Terme di Sorano there are two thermal pools with 37° C water, a sportive pool with cold water and an ancient pool called “Vasca dei Frati” in the wood that surrounds the hot spring, where the water gushes out directly from the stone.

Terme di Saturnia ( 30 minutes far from Hotel della Fortezza) – In Saturnia you can choose between the free open-air natural pools called “Cascate del Mulino” or the private Spa with many thermal pools, golf club and Spa. This water has about the same temperature of the one of Sorano but its minerals are different, because it is sulphurous. The direction to reach Saturnia from Sorano is Pitigliano, and after, Manciano. Follow the direction of Manciano until the road sign that indicates Saturnia, and once arrived the provincial road, turn right. After few kilometers you will find the free pools on your left and the private Spa after few meters on the right.


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Sep22

If you are only passing in Sorano, this is what you shouldn’t miss! Here you are your itinerary for 1 day in Southern Tuscany

The area of the Hilltop Town is still almost unknown by tuscan people themselves, in fact many people who arrive in Sorano do not know what to expect from this territory, that hides in its wild nature places that are unique in the world. Just for you that you are just passing, guest for only one night at Hotel della Fortezza, we studied the best way to optimize your itinerary for 1 day in Southern Tuscany and not miss the most interesting things you can find just few steps far from you…

The afternoon after the check-in – Sorano and the medieval Orsini Fortress

Since the check-in is expected starting from 3 pm, we suggest you to reach the room as early as possible, in order to be ready and relaxed to start your itinerary for 1 day in Southern Tuscany. The first place you should visit is the Orsini Fortress, so that you can enjoy all along the charme of the medieval castle where you are going to sleep, and its suggestive undergrounds. We are pleased to provide you for a map of the territory that will be valid as a voucher to receive a discount for the ticket of the Archaeological Park Città del Tufo, that means Hilltop Towns, that concerns Sorano, Sovana and Vitozza.

Once the guided tour of the Orsini Fortress will be finished, the center of Sorano awaits you! Right from Piazza Cairoli, where the hotel and the Museum of the Renaissance and the Middle-Ages are situated, you can reach the historical center through the stairway from which to enjoy the wonderful panorama of Sorano and the surrounding valley.

After the walking, allow yourself a good dinner in the restaurants of the town, or come back in the fortress of a tasting-dinner at the inner Food Bar of Hotel della Fortezza and turn your itinerary for 1 day in Southern Tuscany into a trip in the tuscan gastronomy, and not only in the history!

Morning and Afternoon – The Park of San Rocco, the Hilltop Town of Sovana and its etruscan Necropolis

Sovana, with its etruscan necropolis, is surely one of the places that deserves to be seen, which to dedicate from 2 to 4 hours of visit!

We suggest you to leave in the morning, after a good breakfast based on fresh local products at Hotel della Fortezza, so that you will have time for a little stop-over at the park of San Rocco.

Going in the direction of Sovana, you will find the parking area after few kilometers, it is very easy to find, just in the right side of the road. The park of San Rocco with the namesake Via Cava, that  connects it with the center of the town, is the perfect place for a moment of relax in the nature, where it is possible to sit in the tables in the shade of the trees while enjoying the stunning panorama of Sorano, before to leave to Sovana.

Little village just 9 kilometers far from Sorano, Sovana deserves a visit.. The center, composed by just two roads, it an extraordinary example of medieval architecture, and the main square hosts the Museum of San Mamiliano, which you can visit with the cumulative ticket of the Archaeological Park Città del Tufo, where you will admire the so called “Treasure of Montecristo”, around 500 coins dating back to roman time, that have been found while the restoration of the church, under its floor.

Take a break in the silent atmosphere of Sovana, where the time seems to flow slower, and enjoy the lunch in one of the restaurant of the village or maybe a good picnic to be eaten where you like most, that you can also request to our staff.

Going on in the same provincial road, just 2 kilometers from the town, you will find on your right the entrance to the Necropolis, with a free parking area and an information office where you can receive all the useful equipment to visit the tombs and the Vie Cave.. in addition to the great monumental tombs once belonged to the richest and more powerful families, like the Ildabrand tomb or the Demoni Alati, every step you will do you will bump into smaller tombs, poorer, and almost hidden in the vegetation..


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Sep22

When we talk about itineraries in Southern Tuscany the territory of the Hilltop Towns can offer a lot.. Unique places to visit, very god Food and Wine, natural hot springs… We suggest you to not miss Sorano, Pitigliano and Sovana, by staying in the historical rooms of Hotel della Fortezza, that will become the starting point for your numerous itineraries!

Here you are our suggestion that will help you to best organize your itineraries in Southern Tuscany

During your stay at Hotel della Fortezza you will have the chance to explore a unique territory, rich of history and culture, and still almost unknown.. the territory of the Hilltop Towns! This land of Tuscany, still not reached by the mass tourism, will allow you to get in contact with the centuries of history that characterize the villages of Sorano, Pitigliano and Sovana, and the surrounding territory, once inhabited by the etruscan civilization.

You will explore medieval villages with their museums and churches, the etruscan necropolis with many ancient tombs and the unique and suggestive Vie Cave..

Whether Sorano is only a step of your holiday, or you are organizing a long stay, this suggestions will be useful to not miss the best itineraries inSouthern Tuscany, in the territory of Hilltop Towns!

1-NIGHT HOLIDAY – If you are only passing in Sorano, this is what you shouldn’t miss!

The area of the Hilltop Town is still almost unknown by tuscan people themselves, in fact many people who arrive in Sorano do not know what to expect from this territory, that hides in its wild nature places that are unique in the world. Just for you that you are just passing, guest for only one night at Hotel della Fortezza, we studied the best way to optimize your time and not miss the most interesting things you can find just few steps far from you…


2-NIGHTS HOLIDAY – How to organize the visit with more time available

Staying more than one night at Hotel della Fortezza, you will have more time available to venture discovering the territory of the Hilltop Towns and to see with your own eyes the history that characterize it. Although two days go by very fast, by following our suggestions you can have an idea about how to organize the visit of the villages and the necropolis.


3-OR-MORE-NIGHTS HOLIDAY – Your itinerary for longer stays!

If your are organizing a three-nights or more long vacation at Hotel della Fortezza, you would be aware that you will have all the available time to visit the territory without any hurry, dedicating the right attention to each place.

You will discover a territory that is able to offer you a lot.. in addition to the hills where the three medieval village of Sorano, Pitigliano and Sovana are situated, surrounded by the etruscan remains, you can reach both the seaside and the mountain with a short distance. In this guide we favor the local itineraries, discovering the Hilltop Towns, but we are pleased to suggest you also farther routes.. Hotel della Fortezza is only one hour far from Amiata mountain and the beautiful Argentario coast, or for those who prefer the lake, Bolsena lake is only 20 kilometers far from here.


Enjoy your visit to the Hilltop Towns and remember that our staff is always at your disposal, happy to be useful to you, helping you and answering your questions, and the territory hides every kind of attractions.. According to your tastes, how you prefer to spend your free time, you will have the possibility to organize your itineraries in Southern Tuscany as you want, on foot, by bike, horseback riding, with our guides or by yourselves…


 

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Vulci ed i misteri di Mitra, Culti orientali in Etruria
Jul31

The Exhibit dedicated to the eastern cults in Etruria right in the Orsini Fortress of Sorano!

It may sound strange talking about Vulci, ancient etruscan city in the northern Lazio, inside the blog of Hotel della Fortezza, you will make up your mind! Actually, there are many reasons for the territory of the Hilltop Towns is essentially linked to Vulci and with the ancient eastern rituals that characterized Etruria. First of all, the direct relationship that connect, since the etruscan time, the cost and the hinterland.

Vulci, one of the biggest etruscan city-state in Etruria, just few kilometers from Canino and Montalto di Castro, was the commercial center of that time, famous in all over the ancient world for its handcraft, agriculture and the maritime trades, derived from its position near the cost.

The hinterlands of the Southern Tuscany, like the area of the Hilltop Towns, Sorano, Pitigliano and Sovana, hidden among hills and valleys, were, on the contrary, proper gardens, sacred and mystical places where they proclaim the worship of the mother heart. Their belief was expressed through the building of still admirable impressive works, called the Vie Cave (literally carved roads, carved into the tufa stone cliffs spread all over the necropolis of this territory).

These two different etruscan realities that distinguished themselves for morphology and customs, were already related one to the other by continuous exchanges and interests.

Today, thanks to the synergy and collaboration between the Museums of the municipality of Sorano with the Museum of Vulci and superintendence of the Southern Etruria, this linking has been brought to life again through the exhibit dedicated to the mysteries of the Mitreo of Vulci, that will be open until the end of November in the Museum of the Renaissance and the Middle-Ages of the Orsini Family. In fact, it will possible to admire the statue of the Mitra divinity in the act of killing the bull.

The Cult in honor of Mitra

The ritual in honor of Mitra, the figure that was identified with the light and the solar cycle of Helios, was spread after the contrast between Asia Minor and the greek world, at the end of the IV century after the Persian empire. This cult arrived in Italy from the I century a.D. and was spread firstly among the military legions, with the ritual of the sacrifice of the bull, that represented the death and the rebirth, the prolificness, and the victory of the good against the evil. The self-liberation of the followers could be reached by the practice of collective rituals that took place in specific rooms where the sacred banquet was consumed, in a similar way then the rituals in honor of Dioniso-Bacco. The mysterious cults derived from the presence of seven different levels of initiation of the followers that were practiced while dancing and drinking wine.

The statue

The ritual in honor of Mitra was identified with the rebirth and the victory of the good against the evil. In fact the statue dedicated to Mitra, which you will have the possibility to admire the original version right in the exhibit in the museum of the Renaissance and the Middle-Ages of Sorano, represents the god who grabs the bull, bringing its head close by him, and hitting it with his sword. In the scene, a snake and a dog seem to be drinking from the wound of the poor animal, since from its death is the life rebirths; On the other hand a scorpion attacks the bull from below, trying to hurt its testicles.

For more informations and details, you can take advantage of the guide titled Vulci and the mysteries of Mitra, that you can find on sale in the museum of Piazza Cairoli, that will be useful to deepen your knowledge about Vulci, the cult of Mitra, the reason of its presence in Etruria and the other motifs that are encouraging the municipality of Montalto and Canino to point on the organization of the archaeological park of Vulci and its Uniqueness!

Special Offer The Etruscan Vie Cave

Visiting the Archaeological Park “Città del Tufo”, in the municipality of Sorano, will be even more interesting.. and to let you not miss this such a rare occasion we have created a Special Offer dedicated to all the lovers of etruscan history and architecture.

Take advantage of our Special Offer The Etruscan Vie Cave, that will allow you to discover the medieval Hilltop Towns of the Southern Tuscany, with their museums and medieval churches, historical centers by the unique landscapes, as well as the etruscan necropolis spread in the territory that surrounds the villages. You will stay in the elegant rooms of Hotel della Fortezza, inside the Orsini Fortress of Sorano, right in front of the Museum where there is the exhibit, and you will have the chance to get in contact to the history and the secrets of a such a mysterious territory….

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Native Food Bar
Jun19

Guide to the Native food of the Hilltop Towns

Since this year at Hotel della Fortezza we often speak about Native food… Native food means indigenous, native of the territory where we live, genuine and healthy.

…But why is our interest oriented towards this topic?

Since you are going to get in contact with the centuries of history that characterize the roads, the churches, the museums of the medieval villages as well as the etruscan necropolis and Vie Cave and the uncontaminated nature of the countryside with its luxuriant flora and plentiful fauna, we are certain that you should have the possibility to know and appreciate the products that have been representing for centuries the quality of the territory of the Hilltop Towns! For this purpose we are realizing the project of the Native Food Bar where to offer only products that are indeed…. Native!

The wellness derived by the visit to such a fascinating places, that offer you quietness, relaxation and breathtaking panoramas, is enriched by eating healthy and genuine products, certified for their quality and respect of the environment. Your wellness is our purpose; and for this reason, starting from offering you the possibility to stay inside a real fortress dating back to the medieval time, we want also to propose a Food & Wine tour among the native products.

First of all, we want to introduce you our Cinta Senese cured meat, cured meat that you would hardly find in the restaurants.. Have you ever heard about Cinta Senese? This race of pork typically tuscan, already spread all over this area during the etruscan time, is raised in the wild and breed, consequently, with the fruits of the wood, mainly acorns, giving the meat a unique taste and unexpected dietetic properties! Try to taste the lard, even if you are not a ham fat lover, and you will discover not only a totally different flavor, a pleasant flavor… but you will also benefit from its properties of defense of the organism from the cholesterol!

In addition to the cured meats, we cannot miss to mention our cheese, from Maremma and Tuscia, from the small producers who contribute to the creation of good and high-quality cheeses with their livestocks in the whole of the area of Sorano and surroundings. You will have the chance to taste, perceive and compare the differences of flavor among the several agings of the cheeses that we will offer you, accompanying them with the most appropriate wine.

In fact, also the wine has a relevant role in the image of the Hilltop Towns territory, since the vine used to be cultivated also by the Etruscan in this area, and the wine tradition has been kept alive for centuries, by the creation of many big and small companies that produce high-quality wines. You will have the chance to combine local, native gastronomical products with white and red organic wines of the cellar of Sassotondo, situated in the countryside between Pitigliano and Sovana, produced with passion and experience of the owners Carla and Edoardo, who will be nice to meet you if you would like, to tell you with their own words about their cellar, fruit of their love for the territory and for the wine.

Everyday in addition to the preparation of the cakes and muffin for your breakfast, likewise made with rough flours produced near Sorano, the cook is occupied in preparing ancient recipes of the tuscan rural culinary tradition, with simple, fresh and genuine ingredients. A hot beans or lentils soup, a salad of spelt, a good Panzanella or Pappalpomodoro.. Have you ever tasted these last two typical dishes?…. Come and try!

At the moment of your arrival in hotel our staff of the reception will present the dishes of the day so that you have the way and the time to decide if you prefer to dine in front of the panoramas and the magic atmosphere that the Orsini Fortress offers, or to go in the historical center in one of the restaurants of Sorano.

We are at your disposal for the reservations for the dinner until 6:00 pm, and from 7:00 to 8:00 you would have the possibility to choose the table that you prefer, sit and enjoy your tasting or Native food & wine of the small local companies.

All you have to do is to savor your tuscan dinner with Native food… and the payment is pushed back to the time of the check-out!

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Hotel della Fortezza
May28

What can you expect from a stay at Hotel della Fortezza?

While projecting our holidays, whether if it is long or short, we try to organize every detail in the best way in order to let the time going by as more relaxing as possible, like as we had imagined it. With this article we want to to try to introduce ourselves, but especially, to introduce our idea of hospitality, so that at your arrival you will be already conscious about how our staff will work hard to let our stay transforming in a real experience to the discovery of the territory of the Southern Tuscany!

Our suggestion is, in fact, to speak directly to us before the booking, to speak to the members of the reception, always ready to answer to all of your questions, and when possible, satisfy your requests. You just need a short and informal calling, email or chat and your reservation is complete! To let you have all the useful information about how to reach the hotel, the timetables, the parking area and some tips for where to go to taste typical dishes in the town of Sorano, all before your arrival, we send to all of you, guests of the hotel, our confirmation email, that, first of all, give us the occasion to say you thank you for choosing Hotel della Fortezza for your holiday in Southern Tuscany!

At the moment of your arrival at the hotel, you will be welcomed with a smile by our young staff of the reception, who, once ended the checking-in process, will be pleased to introduce you the territory by giving you the information necessary to not forgot the unmissable experiences in the Hilltop Towns. For this purpose we have realized for you a map of the village, that will help you to locate the main touristic attractions and to program your itinerary! Do not hesitate to ask to clarify all your doubts, answer your curiosities and suggest you the activities that best fit you and your interests…each of your questions about the territory and its peculiarities is for us a real pleasure! We are enthusiastic of transmitting you our love for this land, because we recognize its value and we are sure that you too are able to appreciate the beauty and the unicity.

Our effort aims at let you perceive a pleasant, peaceful and informal atmosphere since your arrival, to let you feel like at home in a such a magic place as the Orsini Fortress of Sorano, surrounded by friendly and helpful people, and above all, well informed about what the best the territory has to offer. As guests of Hotel della Fortezza, you will join a project that link love, food and territory, a project that is born by the will of offer you something more than the simple lodging.. a project that will talk you about the Hilltop Towns in the whole of their aspects, a real itinerary that will guide you to the discovery of the wellness that this territory can offer.

We want your holiday to remain in your heart, and for this reason, in addition to provide for your comfort for all which concerns the lodging, and to indicate you the best activities that you could do, we introduce you our Food&Wine specialities of our Food Bar and the reason of our choices. In a natural and wild territory as the one of Southern Tuscany, we offer you only products obtained by the correct exploitation of the territory and its sources; healthy, simple, genuine, and rigorously local food, which come from the small local producers that realize unique specialities, in order to let you taste the real flavors of this territory, that have been characterizing it for centuries, the flavors of our “native” food!

With this short article, we introduce you our Special Offer for a stay at Hotel della Fortezza, that will bring you to the discovery of the Hilltop Towns, of their colors and flavors, a trip through the history of the medieval villages and their Food&Wine culture..

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tuscan pecorino
Apr24

Today we’ll showcase one of Southern Tuscany’s best products… Tuscan Pecorino!!

A gastronomical delicacy the Tuscan Pecorino, (PDO, Protected Designation of Origin) is the result of a delicate balance of natural features (climate and environmental characteristics) and human features (production method and artisanal know-how) that blend to create a product which is inimitable outside of the area of origin.  Also called ‘cacio’ in Southern Tuscany, it has ancient origins which date back to the Etruscan era. With the creation of the first cheese factories, it emerged the definitive separation between the figure of the shepherd and that of the cheese maker, who well and truly became an cheese artisan. It’s a cheese that’s also known with its ancient name, ‘cacio marzolino’, which comes from the period of production that started in the month of March and continued throughout the Spring period.

The characteristics of the PDO Tuscan Pecorino derive from both the environmental conditions in which the sheep are bred and also the productive processes aided by the most advanced technologies, that nonetheless respect a centuries-old tradition, allowing for the production of a top-quality cheese.

The fundamental ingredient is obviously milk, exclusively sheep milk, that comes from herds raised on the territory marked by the Denomination of Protected Origins. It has a cylindrical shape and its consistency is dense with a straw-yellow color of varying intensity. Its flavor is fragrant and at times accentuated, a characteristic of this particular production method. Depending on the area of production the aging process changes and with this, the flavor and the use of the cheese also change a lot too. In fact, they range from a fresh Tuscan Pecorino, which has a delicate and sweet flavor, to a more seasoned Pecorino, with an intense and more accentuated flavor and finally to a Pecorino with a very long aging process, making it hard and with a strong flavor that is traditionally served with the sweet flavor of honey or jam…

During your stay at Hotel della Fortezza, you will have the chance to taste Tuscan Pecorino in different occasions, such as in the buffet of your breakfast or choosing our Aperitif with Local Products. We underline the importance of using local products, in order to let our guests discover our rich territory starting from the local gastronomy. Our Aperitifs include a mix of Tuscan Pecorinos with different aging processes, fresh, aged, or blue cheeses and Cinta-Senese cured meats.. All accompanied with a glass of white or red wine from the best local cellars!

Let you be tempted by the irresistible tastes of Southern Tuscany… we look forward to welcoming you!

 

tuscan wines
Apr18

An organic excellence amongst the southern tuscan wines ..

This enterprise is the fruit of a love and passion for the territory, for the tuscan wines and in particular for this strip of land in the Southern Tuscan hills. 24 years ago Carla and Edoardo, a couple both in work and personal life, decided to make a change after a lifetime in the chaos and monotony of city life. Thus, they embraced nature by moving to Southern Tuscany. Carla, who is an agronomist from Trento, had always wished to live in the countryside; Edoardo, a documentary maker from Rome, has always been fascinated by the realm of winemaking. Thanks to their dreams they were able to set up the vineyard of Sassotondo, that today is amongst the best in the area of the hilltop towns.

72 hectares that lie on the border between the municipalities of Sorano and Pitigliano, which include woodland and pastures; 10 of them produce their elegant, flavoursome and aromatic wines, the expression of this powerful and mysterious territory of Southern Tu
scany. According to the organic agriculture, the vineyard produces two
DOC (guarantee of origin) wines, the Pitigliano White and the Sorano Red. 8 hectares are dedicated to red grapes (principally Ciliegiolo, San Giovese and Merlot) and 2 for white grapes (Trebbiano, Greco, Sauvignon) with tuff-stone being the characterizing element of this territory and its wine production. Their real strengths are the IGT (Protected Geographical Indication) wines which hold all of their intuitions, culture and passion for this land and for the tuscan wines.

What about the origin of this name?

Sassotondo..a peculiar name whose origin are to track down in the nature of this land, a volcanic land. Nowadays Monte Amiata is the most famous ski station of the whole Southern Tuscany, but it was previously a volcano whose eruptions, once cooled and stratified, originated the stone that distinguishes this area.. the Tuff! HIMG_3884ouses, streets and foundation of the villages spread from Monte Amiata to the coast are made of tuff, that characterizes not only the aspect of Southern Tuscany, but also the flavors of the products of this land, that, as Carla will proudly explain, for this reason are unique worldwide!

The real round stone (“Sasso-tondo”) is a tufa stone that had been found by chance in the fields of the company, after a long process of smoothing and sculpting made by the weather. The two wine-producers make it the emblem of their love for this land, giving it the place of honour in the centre of their label, in which we can notice also the vineyards and the mountains in the distance that surround the sphere.

Also the cellar is carved into the tufa stone! A thirty-meters-long cave that ends in the room called “bottaio”, where the barrels containing wine have always the optimal temperature and humidity thanks to the material of the walls.. a suggestive tunnel that you can travel following Carla, Edoardo or who will accompany you to the discover of the wine-producing system that give shape to the wines of Sassotondo, getting lost in the passionate narrations and descriptions of who will answer to all your questions.

We have chosen for you the wine-producing company Sassotondo for a two-hours wine-and-food tour to discover the flavors of Southern Tuscany, because it emerges as representative of the excellences of products in this region. Once arrived at Sassotondo, the owners themselves will welcome you warmly, and your tour will start in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Starting from the vineyards, you will eventually visit the wine-producing systems, hidden in the tufa stone under the fields. The tuff makes the cellar more suggestive, but also constantly cool and humid. At the end of the tour of the machines you will taste the finished product. Three wines, tasted in the cozy terrace directly with the owners, listening to their description about the iter they have passed before being uncorked for your wine-tasting. Uncorked, obviously, like as the rules of the good sommelier impose… Get lost observing the careful motions of who will open the bottles, pouring the wine in the glass in the best way to exalt its unique taste and flavor. Your visit will last two hours, after which, you will have the chance to buy the products that most captured your attention!

Discover our Special Package dedicated to all the lovers of the tuscan wines – WINES OF SOUTHERN TUSCANY

homemade cakes
Apr13

Today we showcase Daniela and her homemade cakes..

What is the biggest satisfaction for people who work with tourists? Undoubtedly the positive reviews of the guests! According to what you have written until today about our hotel, it seems that our hard work is giving its good results. The detail that has been mentioned and always appreciated in most of your comments is the breakfast, in addition, obviously, to the stunning view from the Orsini Fortress!!

..A breakfast that we try everyday to make better and more genuine!

Every morning you will have a sweet awakening, with a sweet fragrance in the air and a big buffet rich of fresh and tasty products, both salty ones and homemade cakes. We always choose to propose local groceries, in order to speak about our territory through the gastronomy, in fact, in addition to the ham and cheese from Sorano, as well as fresh fruit and local bread, we decided to let you taste homemade cakes, baked just in the kitchen of our hotel!!

Today we want to introduce to you the chef that prepares everyday the homemade cakes for your breakfast, with simple, local, genuine ingredients.. Daniela! Her peculiar and friendly character won’t be difficult to notice during your stay, with her congeniality and spontaneity will know how to make you feel like home, just like guests of her own kitchen, and how to let you begin the day with a smile.

Surely, waking up and finding a good set buffet and a kind staff always ready to prepare you the hot drink that you prefer most is in and of itself a very relished cuddle, but try to imagine if everything you will find for food was rigorously high quality and locally produced? Daniela, who is very keen on cooking, has decided to think not only about the inimitable taste, but also about your health and the always increasing wish to find local products and awareness of the risks provoked by wrong diets.

IMG_4015For this reason in the last days we have carried on an experiment, with the guests who have had breakfast at Hotel della Fortezza, offering you both cakes prepared with the classic flour 00, and little muffins made with a new flour, produced in an organic farm just few kilometers from Sorano, asking their opinion at the end of the meal about the quality and taste of what they have eaten. We were a little bit uncertain about the result of this experiment, because the taste and the color of this new rough flour could have turned out to be too different that the previously one or could have not meet the expectation of the guests who would have expected the classic dough.. However we had to change our mind! The experiment yielded only positive feedback, every guest congratulated with us for Daniela’s culinary skills!

During your stay you will also have the possibility to visit the farm, to know the place where this particular flour is being produced.. An organic farm called Aia del Tufo, an enchanted place for those who come from the chaos of cities, where it is possible to taste a good lunch or dinner with special menus, in the silence and quietness of the countryside.

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