|DROP OFF TIME||5:00pm (approximately)|
Our tour driver will welcome you at the dock beside your cruise ship in Civitavecchia at 8.00am on this private day tour.
Considered the “tuff villages”, and are part of a very extensive area called the Tufo Archaeological Park characterized by the Vie Cave (also called Cavoni), real canyons trapped between suggestive and steep walls of tuff. Tufo or Tuff stone is a kind of volcanic rock that is heavily present in the area from which these cities are built.
First of all, you’ll visit Pitigliano, a small Tuscan village. It is positioned and carved into a Bluff and is simply extraordinary. The high walls of volcanic tuff, carved into a thousand of caves, features a series of tower-houses, thus heightening the picturesque feel of this medieval town.
Pitigliano is also known as “Little Jerusalem” for its quaint narrow streets, the Jewish Ghetto and Synagogue. There has been a “Hebrew quarter” for more than half a millennia, and there is still a synagogue, kosher shops and traditions intact. The Jewish district (quartiere ebraico) is the most characteristic and charming section of town.
For lunch your tour driver will be happy to suggest some typical tradditional local restaurants in the area.
Sorano is simply charming. With lovely cobble streets, winding alleys and steep staircases leading from the hilltop. But hilltop living comes with a price. Once much larger, parts of the village have collapsed in land slides over the centuries, the most significant in 1801. The Medieval old town of Sorano was first established as an Etruscan centre in the middle of the “Tuff land” spreading at the foot of the 14th century Orsini Castle, one of the largest military constructions built in that period.
Sovana has (fortunately) maintained its most endearing characteristics – avoiding the Baroque restyling that’s altered so many churches, monuments and towns in this area. Much smaller than neighbouring Sorano and Pitigliano, it has managed to retain a charm that is perfect for a quick stroll: the landscape, the food, the wine and the Parco Archeologico Città del Tufo. Particularly suited for those who don’t like walking up and down hill, because even though positioned on the hilltop, the town is laid out in a flat street plan.
Finally, after this quaint and exciting day tour, your driver will bring you back to Civitavecchia in prefect time to board your cruise ship.
Your private tour driver will welcome you at your dock, in Civitavecchia. You will visit some of the most ancient villages in the Tuscan Maremma. Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana are simply fascinating, for their structure, their story and the steady lifestyle.
You will enjoy a typical lunch in an out of the way restaurants, frequented mostly by locals, but with a rich variety of traditional meals.
At the end of this beautiful day, your driver will escort you back to your cruise ship in Civitavecchia Port.