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A very little village perched around the imposing Masso Leopoldino and guarded from high by the majestic Orsini Fortress, with its underground passages. Little, narrow, well-kept lanes, breathtaking views and smells that entice one to sit down and try the local dishes. What I really like about Sorano is the doors, yes, the doors to people’s houses. Try walking down Via Selvi and you’ll notice how beautiful the doors are. Made by carpenters and embellished by marvelous bossage, who knows if they were once the houses of the most important families in the town.
Tiny village that nonetheless is full of history and significance. It is often compared to a bonbonnière, and it truly is one. Its square is elegant and welcoming, a real treasure chest, starting with the travertine alter in the Romanic church of St. Mary, sole example in all of Tuscany. Just a short walk down Via del Duomo you’ll find the Duomo, imposing and austere, its simplicity captivates and leaves you speechless. Sovana doesn’t lack anything, it is even the birthplace of a pope… that courageous reformer who took the name Pope Gregory VII and who humiliated an emperor in Canossa.
Pitigliano mesmerizes visitors from a distance, even before entering. Its houses appear to seamlessly grow out of the tuff-stone cliff. At night, with the lights, the town seems to float in midair; it’s not an exaggeration to say it’s a must see rarity! Strolling through the streets of the historic centre one can feel a particular atmosphere. This isn’t the typical artificial, tourist town where everything is geared for tourism. Here everything is genuine, real; the historic centre is welcoming but it’s also lived by the local inhabitants, the Pitiglianesi. There’s the shoemaker who fixes shoes with the tools of yesteryear, the barbershop with heated discussions about football, the artisan who creates flawless works, artists who give colour to the streets. All the tourists I show around the town end up making the same comment, “here one breathes the true village life, it’s genuine, not fake”.
Pitigliano tells its history to the many visitors that come to stay with us. It’s a history that’s marked in the names of the streets, in the historical buildings, in the grand monuments like the Mediceo Aqueduct, the Orsini Palace and above all that marvelous example of tolerance and integration between the Christian and Jewish communities that formed the Little Jerusalem here; it’s a place of refuge. The heart of the town offers us the Cathedral and the Synagogue in close proximity, the latter being one of only five synagogues left in all of Tuscany!