The Matera of Tuscany


A medieval village perched on a tufaceous spur of rare beauty. In an extreme synthesis, Sorano could be described in this way or, to give an even better idea of how fascinating it is, as the “Matera of Tuscany”.

Bordered on three sides by the Lente river, it is part of the so-called “Città del tuff” together with its fraction Sovana and the nearby Pitigliano, testifying to how much this rock has influenced the history of the countries and peoples who have inhabited these since ancient times areas.

Territorially very extensive, the municipality reaches up to the slopes of Monte Amiata and to the east the territory borders the Lazio region, counting ten more or less small hamlets, each with its own history and identity.

The history of the town like that of the whole area is inextricably linked to the Etruscan civilization and in the Renaissance period to the splendor of the Orsini and Aldobrandeschi families.

The ancient village is a real gem and definitely deserves to be visited. From Piazza del Municipio, the main square of the town, cross the Arco del Ferrini and enter the historic center, always dominated by the Orsini Fortress, another unmissable element of the town.

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A few kilometers from the town, there is the thermal establishment of the Terme di Sorano. Recently built despite being built in a very important place from the historical point of view, it has been able to carve out an important space among the Tuscan spas. Immersed in nature, it is mainly composed of a large thermal pool and a sports pool. Wellness center, restaurant, bar, residence and many other services, it is ideal for those who want to have a relaxing holiday.

Also a few kilometers from Sorano is the rock settlement of San Rocco, part of the Città del Tufo Archaeological Park. It is a panoramic terrace surrounded by greenery on the Lente river valley. On the plateau there are the remains of houses used both in Etruscan times and in more recent times. The uniqueness of the tuff lands are the Vie Cave, ancient Etruscan roads made up of deep paths obtained by cutting the tufaceous rock. There are also dozens of them in the Sorano area, including Il Cavone and Via Cava di San Sebastiano (in Sovana) and Via Cava di San Rocco (Sorano).


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As mentioned, the hamlets play an important role in the Sorano territory and history. The most evocative is certainly Sovana with its countless beauties located in the ancient village and in the surrounding countryside, above all Etruscan necropolis.

Also noteworthy is the hamlet of San Quirico di Sorano, famous for the rock settlement of Vitozza also belonging to the museum system of the Città del Tufo Archaeological Park. Another gem of the Soranese territory is certainly the hamlet of Montorio characterized by its beautiful castle.

Finally, Sorano and its hamlets stand out for a whole series of events of various kinds that accompany the whole year. Historical or religious reviews such as the medieval festivals that take place in Sovana and Catell’Ottieri, or more popular events such as the Soranese ham festival and the Beer Festival in San Quirico di Sorano, a cult appointment of the Maremma summer.

Not to be forgotten are the typical products of this land and the numerous places distributed throughout the territory where it is possible to taste them. The Soranese pecorino produced by the Sorano Dairy is certainly the most famous product, but these lands are also distinguished by their cured meats, oil and wine


A year of events not to be missed in the wonderful setting of the village of Sorano!

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Sorano is a town in the province of Grosseto, and is about 90 km from the capital.

Getting to Sorano by car:
From the north: A1 motorway, Firenze-Certosa exit, motorway junction to Siena south, continue towards Rome and then SS. Cassia for 70km until the exit for Sorano.
From the north: A1 motorway, Chiusi / Chianciano exit, follow the signs for Sarteano, Radicofani, Rome, continue on the S.S. Cassia towards Rome and take the exit for Sorano.
From the south: A1 motorway, Orte exit, motorway link to Viterbo, Siena exit, continue towards Valentano, Pitigliano and Sorano

By train :

The main railway stations are those of Orvieto (48 km) and Albinia (60km)

By plane :

The airports of reference are those of Rome Fiumicino (154km), Pisa (249km) and Florence (233km)