Today it is one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”, remained unchanged over the centuries. We will be able to discover it with a journey through art and magic, between Etruscan and Middle Ages, between pagan demons and Christian knights ready to fight them.
Sovana was an ancient Etruscan city, whose importance is still witnessed by the impressive rupestrian necropolis and capital of the fief of the Aldobrandeschi family.
Due to abandonment from the fifteenth century, it offers medieval views virtually intact. Remarkable is the cathedral in which the Romanesque style and the Gothic blend.
There are numerous Etruscan caves, mysterious communication routes and mystics, which depart from the town. The necropolis are so impressive and elaborate that they represent a unique monument in Etruria. The tomb of the Mermaid, the tomb of Ildebranda, that of the Tifoni and the Pola tomb are all of considerable value and historical significance, all carved out by digging the architectural elements directly into the tufa of the cliffs.
110220 Sovana (4) In the inhabited center the most important remains go from the IX century until 1200. On the square overlook the palaces of the highest civil offices, as evidence of the city’s past as a Free City, but it is religious architecture to offer the main city monument: the church of San Pietro. The cathedral, located at the end of the tufaceous spur on which the village stands, is a precious example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, a fusion of the two perfectly successful styles. Oriented according to astrological criteria, the dawn of the day of St. Peter and Paul – on 29 June – a ray of sun enters the apse and crosses the central nave lengthwise, while another enters the crypt where the remains of San Mamiliano are preserved.