The Countess of Sovana was the last heir of the Aldobrandeschi and lived a life similar to a Shakespearean tragedy. She married five times in a promiscuous yet desperate attempt to protect herself and her territory. Her brief marriage to one of her cousins earned her not only excommunication, but also the invasion of the Sienese, who angrily took away all her domains. After another failed marriage, Margherita disappeared.
HOW TO GET TO SORANO
Sorano is a town in the province of Grosseto, 89 kilometers from the capital, 156 kilometers from Rome, 180 kilometers from Florence and 475 kilometers from Milan.
How to reach Sorano by car:
- From the north: Autostrada del Sole to the exit for Firenze Certosa, then the motorway junction to Siena south, continue towards Rome, follow the S.S. Cassia for 70 kilometers and exit at Sorano
- From the north: Autostrada del Sole to the Chiusi / Chianciano exit, continue towards Sarteano, then Radicofani, Rome, continue along the S.S. Cassia in the direction of Rome, exit at Sorano
- From the south: Autostrada del Sole, exit Orte, then motorway junction for Viterbo, follow the exit for Siena, continue for Valentano, then follow the signs for Pitigliano and Sorano
How to reach Sorano by train:
The main railway stations are those of Orvieto at 48 kilometers and Albinia at 60 kilometers. From the railway stations you can continue by bus.
How to reach Sorano by plane:
The main airports are those of Florence, at 233 kilometers, Pisa, at 249 kilometers and Rome-Fiumicino at 154 kilometers.
WHERE TO EAT IN SORANO
If you are in Sorano, you absolutely cannot miss the opportunity to savor the excellent traditional cuisine by choosing from the restaurants and inns of the Tuscan village. Whether they are in the countryside, perhaps annexed to some characteristic farmhouse, or hidden in the alleys of the historic center, we are sure that the food and wine experience will surprise you and give you a moment of taste and relaxation! Let’s start from the countryside around Sorano, where we find the Aia del Tufo farmhouse, organic farm where you can taste the traditional peasant dishes of the Maremma, among the dishes that you cannot miss, homemade pasta, wild boar and lamb with buglione, also excellent homemade bread baked in the oven wood, Podere Poggio La Mezzadria – tel. 3290805559. Always immersed in the green of the Maremma countryside, Agriristoro Focacceria La Dogana cultivates the philosophy of the short supply chain and the 0 km menu, the vegetables are produced on the farm, the meats come from local farmers, Strada Provinciale Pian della Madonna – tel. 3396724645. In the heart of the village of Sorano, nestled between singular alleys and spectacular arches, there is the Da Fidalma Restaurant, a historic family-run Sorano restaurant, here the flavors are the authentic ones of the past, from first courses to second courses of meat, a real delight! Piazza Busatti 6 – tel. 0564633056, la Cantina Ottava Rima offers simple dishes, with great attention to the short supply chain, all accompanied by excellent wines, the ideal solution for those who appreciate the simple authenticity of a good cheese and salami platter, a first course and, why not, a tasty fondue, Via del Borgo 25 – tel. 3498024196. At the Hosteria del Borgo you will find traditional Tuscan cuisine and family hospitality, with a wonderful view over the valley of the Lente river, Via del Borgo 42/44 – tel. 3332042110. We close with a flourish with the Cantina dei Sapori, a welcoming place that offers typical local cuisine, tasting of typical products such as meats and cheeses, soups and bruschetta, Via della Madonnina 2/4 – tel. 0564633748.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN SORANO
Between Tufo and Beer
Last week of August
When culture, beer and good food meet, a party can only be a success. Just ask the hundreds of people who attend this festival every year: among the things not to be missed are the exquisite local and international beers and music from all over the world.