Inaugurated in 1998, the Città del Tufo Archaeological Park includes the entire territory inhabited in ancient times by the Etruscans.
The Tufo area includes the areas of Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana and represents the oldest testimony of the Etruscan presence in the territory of the Tuscan Maremma.
Also part of the archaeological park are the famous Vie Cave, the ancient communication routes created by the Etruscans by digging the tufaceous rock, these are paths set between the tuffaceous walls, up to 20 meters high.
The Città del Tufo Archaeological Park is divided into four sectors:
FIRST SECTOR: includes the area where the Romba Ildebranda and Via Cava del Cavone are located. The visit to this area starts from the entrance located along the S.P. leading to San Martino sul Fiora, here is the ticket office, the path then leads to the Pola Tomb, dating back to the 3rd century BC, a temple tomb with 8 columns, you enter the tomb by crossing the “dromos”, a corridor of about 15 meters. Continuing on, we meet the Tomb of the Winged Demons, found only in 2004, of the aedicule type is entirely dug into the tufa rock, it takes its name from the presence of two female winged demons, carved into the rock, today only one of them is visible, identified in Vanth, at this point the path goes back and continues towards the Ildebranda Tomb, probably the most famous in the area, it was discovered in 1924 and dedicated to Ildebrando di Sovana, better known in the chronicles as Pope Gregory VII. The Ildebranda Tomb dating back to the 3rd century BC, at the end of the first sector, you will find the Tomba del Tifone, dating back to the 4th century BC, of the edicoola type.
SECOND SECTOR: about 200 meters from the first sector, you start by reaching the church of San Sebastiano and the homonymous via cava, the Via Cava di San Sebastiano is very particular as it shows some signs engraved on the rock, symbols that were supposed to ward off spirits malicious. The most important element of this area is certainly the Tomb of the Siren, a shrine tomb dating back to the third century BC, the tomb has a “kline”, and shows the representation of Scylla.
THIRD SECTOR – SAN ROCCO: it is a settlement that rises near the village of Sorano, along the S.P. 22. You start the path from the small church of San Rocco, very interesting also for the presence of some ancient paintings, continuing you will meet the Via Cava di San Rocco, also this very particular for the presence of small niches that once contained superstitious objects , and for the engravings of symbols that warded off evil spirits, engraved directly on the rock. Crossing the via cava you reach the necropolis of San Rocco.
FOURTH SECTOR – VITOZZA: it is the most distant area, located just outside the town of San Quirico, it is one of the most important medieval rock settlements in Italy by extension. The settlement dates back to the 11th century.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK CITY OF TUFO
0564-633023 / 0564-614074 / 0564-633099
OPENING TIME :
March and November: Saturday and Sunday 10: 00-18: 00
29 March-6 October: every day 10: 00-19: 00
7 October – 3 November: every day 10: 00-18: 00
Bridge 8 December / 26 December-6 January: 10: 00-17: 00
Admission: € 5.00