Where to sleep in Sorano
Sorano is a delightful inhabited center in the Maremma hinterland, in the heart of the Tufo area, a territory chosen by the Etruscans and Romans for the construction of their settlements, necropolises and cave roads.
The municipal area of Sorano today hosts the Città del Tufo Archaeological Park, a visitor center that was created to promote and protect the archaeological area, here are some of the most famous Etruscan tombs and the very famous Vie Cave, the ancient communication routes carved into the rock. tufaceous by the Etruscans and used as shelter and trade routes.
The village of Sorano is one of the most particular of the Maremma area, also known as “The Matera of Tuscany”, for its tuff rock formations, the town is certainly an unmissable destination during a holiday in Tuscany.
The history of the village begins in medieval times, built by the Aldobrandeschi family, it passed, following the marriage between the last exponent of the Anastasia Aldobrandeschi family and Romano Orsini, to the Orsini family, already ruling the County of Pitigliano. In 1417 Sorano was conquered by the Sienese and remained under the Republic of Siena for over a century, until 1556, when it passed to the Medici family, becoming part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
Sorano hosts some important historical buildings:
Collegiate Church of San Niccolò, dating back to 1276, the church was remodeled in 1509, when it was raised to the role of Collegiate. The sacred building houses some precious works of art, including a painting by Pietro Aldi, a famous painter from the nearby village of Manciano, dating back to 1884 and depicting St. Joseph with the Child.
Palazzo Orsini, or Palazzo Comitale, dating back to the second half of the thirteenth century, the palace served as the official residence of the Orsini family until the fifteenth century, when the fortress was remodeled, transformed into a fortress, which became the new residence of the family.
Cinta Muraria, the walls surround the ancient town of Sorano, date back to the medieval period and include two ancient access gates, Porta di Sopra, also known as Arco del Ferrini, and stands at the foot of the Orsini Fortress, and the Porta dei Merli, or Porta di Sotto, at the foot of Masso Leopoldino.
Masso Leopoldino, is one of the defensive systems of the village of Sorano, stands on the opposite side of the fortress and was built during the Middle Ages. The structure was renovated in 1800 by the Lorraine family and today it has a lookout tower and a beautiful panoramic terrace.
Fortezza Orsini, certainly the most symbolic construction of Sorano, the original structure, built by the Aldobrandeschi, was remodeled at the behest of Niccolò IV Orsini, based on a project by the architect Anton Maria Lari. The fortress now houses the Museum of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
For you we have selected the best Hotels, Agritourisms, Apartments and Bed and Breakfasts in Sorano, to give you a truly unique holiday in Sorano, discovering all the hidden corners of this Tuscan village, and letting yourself be captivated by history, art and food and wine. local: