The Orsini Fortress is the symbolic monument of Sorano, an imposing fortress of medieval origin that dominates the town from above.
The fortress was built in the twelfth century, with the function of residence of the Aldobrandeschi family, inherited from the Orsini at the end of the twelfth century, the fortress became the official residence of the family and the command center of the Orsini county.
It is a very complex building, there are two entrances, from below by means of a door (which originally was equipped with a drawbridge), from above, by means of a stone bridge.
Inside, the most important building is the castle, which served as a manor house, here you can still admire some frescoes of the Sienese school dating back to 1500, the most particular is the one depicting the song by Giovanni Boccaccio “I am young girl “, extracted from the IX day Decameron, and commissioned by Niccolò IV Orsini.
The other important section of the fortress consists of a sixteenth-century building, in neoclassical style, connected to the fortress by two bastions, that of San Marco and that of San Pietro.
The fortress now houses the Museum of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, where, among other things, interesting collections of medieval ceramics are exhibited.
FORTRESS ORSINI MUSEUM
Info and reservations: 0564-633424 0564-633023
OPENING TIME :
From 29 March to 6 October: from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 (closed on Mondays)
From 7 October to 3 November: from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00 (closed on Mondays)
From November to March: every weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00
Orsini Museum and Fortress € 4.00
SOME REVIEWS OF THE ORSINI FORTRESS IN SORANO
The visit to the fortress was absolutely interesting; We visited it with a very prepared guide and above all passionate about the history of the Fortress itself …
A journey through history
Suggestive and interesting visit in the basement and on the ramparts of the ancient fortress, a rare example of military art …
Expression and balance of the beauty of our country. History, greenery and man together with respect. Advise
Definitely to visit with the guide who explains in detail the history of the fortress. The structure is kept in good condition thanks to the proceeds of the visitors with the payment of the ticket
Austere and mighty building, exceptional guides
As a diversion from the usual days on the beach we have chosen this itinerary in the hinterland and we have certainly not regretted it. By purchasing the 10 euro cumulative ticket …