Nowadays, with only a few hundred inhabitants, Sovana offered something more to the inhabitants of the Southern Tuscany region. In fact, it was the most important Etruscan center in the area. Here, the Etruscans found the ideal conditions to maximize their artistic architectural expression seen in history. The village of Sovana that we know today was built in the Middle Ages under the will of the Aldobrandeschi family and the great Duomo Romanico built on the edge of the village, erected by Pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand of Sovana). There are few towns in Southern Tuscany that have kept both their history and their original splendor. One of these, if not the most exemplary, is Sovana.
What to do in Sovana?
Sovana is composed of just three roads. Hidden within these three streets are some of the most incredible treasures like in an old painting where a few houses stand out perched on a hill, still retaining all the medieval charm.
In Sovana, time seems to have stopped. The city, built in the Middle Ages and completely renovated during the 15th century, has been the illustrious home of the so-called Capitani di Giustizia: a police unit of the time with great prestige composed of the oldest and most aristocratic families.
In the central square of the village you can admire the Palazzo del Pretorio with the original marble insignia; the Loggia del Capitano, a building not only aesthetically pleasing but holding an important place in the history of Sovana, the Church of S. Mamiliano, the Palazzo Bourbon del Monte, and the Church of S. Maria Maggiore where you appreciate the delicate ciborium.
While visiting the Hilltop Towns you can’t miss to visit the rests of the etruscan civilization, located near the villages of Pitigliano, Sorano and in the archeological park of Sovana. Overcoming Sovana for a couple of kilometres, you will reach the etruscan Necropolis where you can admire the monumental tombs, real rarities of etruscan funerary architecture: the splendid tomb of the Siren, the tomb of Hildebrand and the most recent discovery, Demone Alato. All are testaments to the unique beauty and complex architecture of the region. Visiting the villages and the many cemeteries will reveal the flourishing past of the Tuscan hillside, now edged by beautiful landscapes and backgrounds. Hidden in the forests of the nearby countryside you will have the opportunity to walk along kilometers of roads made entirely by Etruscans with shortcuts dug into the volcanic rock walls nearly 20 meters high, the Vie Cave.