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Rock Settlement of Vitozza in San Quirico in Sorano

Explore Vitozza, one of the most interesting rock settlements in Italy

Travellers should leave themselves some time and calmly make their way north of San Quirico di Sorano to explore Vitozza, one of the most interesting and extensive rock settlements in Italy, lived in from the 12th to the 17th centuries. Bathed by the clear waters of the Lente stream, and hidden by the abundant copse, two hundred caves, the “dovecots”, and the remains of the medieval village still survive today. Only the walls, the fortress and the church rise up above the ground; the rest of the buildings have been dug out of the tufo rock: from the stalls for the animals to the store- houses, from the houses to the furniture inside. Some cavities are laid out on several floors, linked by stairs and internal passageways; in the walls are some niches used as storage spaces, wardrobes or lamp stands, while the holes visible at knee height were used as sup- ports for the bed bases. Today it is easy to visit Vitozza thanks to recent restoration works and excellent signposting.

Useful Information
Please respect the regulations in force for archaeological parks.

How to get there
From Sovana: Pitigliano, Sorano, San Quirico di Sorano.

From Florence: A1 motorway, Orvieto exit; then follow the signs for Castel Giorgio, San Lorenzo Nuovo, Pitigliano, Sorano, San Quirico di Sorano.

From Rome via Viterbo: follow the signs for Lago di Bolsena; then follow the signs for Valentano, Pitigliano, Sorano, San Quirico di Sorano. Signs for Manciano, Pitigliano, Sorano, San Quirico di Sorano.

Bus: RAMA bus service, 4 trips per day.
 
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