Tucked into the Southwest part of Tuscany, the Maremma is an unspoilt and wild place filled with horses and cattle. Rising steeply above the rugged plain perched on an outcropping of tufa is the tiny town of Pitigliano, with its vertical homes and Etruscan caves and surrounded on all sides by deep ravines.
Passing through the only entrance in the 13th C. Porta Sovana gate and walking along the 16th C. Medicean Aquaduct, the few tourists who wander here are greeted warmly. Definitely off the beaten path, it is a unique place to visit when in southern Tuscany or Umbria.
Dominated by the Fortress built on an old Franciscan monastery by the powerful Aldobrandeschi family, the Palazzo within became the seat of the Orsini’s who ruled the entire Sovana area from 1293 until 1608. The Palazzo Orsini is an elegant Renaissance residence, now housing several museums and well worth the visit to see how the other half lived!
The well in the courtyard has carvings of the lineage of the Counts of Pitigliano and a gallery of rooms opens one into another stretching the length of the Palazzo.
Delicate and ornate frescoes cover the walls and ceilings of each room.
The bedroom of the last Count is surprisingly simple but with impressive views over his entire domain.