Sovana is a town of ancient origins, since the Etruscan civilization it was inhabited by shepherds and nomadic peoples. In the seventh century BC it became one of the most important centres of the Etruscan civilization, named Suana, allied with Vulci against the advancing Romans.
In the third century BC it was conquered by the Romans, led by Gaius Tiberius, even though the inhabitants preserved the culture, art, language and script of the Etruscan civilization at least until the first century BC as witnessed by the many tombs found in the area. The barbarian invasions of the Goths and Lombards ravaged Sovana with theft and lootings, but the village was always able to keep its municipal ordinances. From the ninth century it was the cradle of the Aldobrandeschi family and birthplace of Pope Gregory VII (known as Hildebrand of Soana, born between 1015 and 1020). It reached its zenith towards the thirteenth century, when the most important buildings were built in the main square, including the Praetorian Palace. After the domination of the Aldobrandeschi it was garrisoned by the Orsini, until in 1411 the city was conquered and sacked by Siena (the bell of the Duomo was brought to Siena and placed on the bell tower of the cathedral where it still hangs). Then it came under the dominion of the Medici, but the decline of the city was increasingly unstoppable: invasions, destruction and epidemics caused depopulation, until the population reached the current number of about 500 inhabitants. A must is a visit to the square of the Praetorian Guard, which offers a splendid medieval scene, and in addition to the town hall you can admire the loggia of the captain and the Praetorian Palace. Also the church of S. Mary, built on the structure of a pre-existing Romanesque temple deserves a visit. The pre Romanesque "ciborium", a unique piece in Tuscany, is without doubt the jewel of Sovana, probably dating from the period between the eighth and ninth century B. with its frescoes of the early 1500s. Other highlights include the Etruscan necropolis, the famous tomb of Debrando, the quarried path that leads to Saturnia and the road that leads to Pitigliano.
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