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“Beautiful, not fancy” 4 of 5 stars
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Sovana Hotel & Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via del Duomo 66, 58010 Sovana, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sovana
San Francisco, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful, not fancy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

--gorgeous grounds
--reasonable prices
--good breakfast
--hard bed
--minimal amenities
--nice bathrooms
--nicest property in Sovana
--10% off bill at restaurant

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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7 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

Sovana is off the beaten path and a very quiet and sleepy town. It was a perfect spot to slow down and appreciate the Tuscan lifestyle. If you are looking for a very quiet place off the beaten path, this is the spot for you. We were the only guests here during our mid May trip. The Sovana Hotel & Resort staff was very friendly. Breakfast was great. We also had a wonderful dinner Risotrante dei Marli. We highly recommend going to Pitigliano for the day if you can manage it.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston
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78 hotel reviews
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298 helpful votes 298 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

This hotel turned out to be the most precious gem among all the alberghi on an impromptu five-day escape from Rome. It was late October, and we decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the capital and see la campagna, northern Lazio and southern Tuscany, with its peaceful landscapes and marvelous Etruscan sites. The main purpose of the whole voyage was to visit the magnificent Palazzo Farneze in Caprarola, and after visiting that magnificent palace and its astonishingly beautiful park, we were in search of a place to rest at night. The hotel turned out to be within one hour most pleasant drive.

Northern Lazio, a relatively undiscovered land, had adorned us with many wonders, including this very pleasant hotel in a town which I would not dream of visiting, since it is not overly famous. What a breathtaking surprise awaited us there! The town is tiny, perfectly preserved and maintained; its only street is lined with beautiful Tuscan style country mansions, adorned with flowers and small trees in pots. It was on that street, when gazing at one of those houses, that I saw a plaque denoting Pope Gregory VII Hildebrand birthplace. I was surprised that this fact is not at all advertised, and even my Alta Macadam Blue Guide for Central Italy, the one that recommended this hotel, did not mention anything about Hildebrand and Sovana. In any case, perhaps the town being so well-kept and organised is only a reflection of the personality of its citizens, including the famous Pope. This tradition of beauty and elegance extends to the hotel.

We arrived late in the evening, and the stately ruins of Aldobranseschi Castle met us at the entrance of the city. The hotel was easy to find - it was near an austere and proud 12th century duomo, devoted to St. Mamilianus. The road to the duomo is lined with ancient cypress tress, and the view on it from our room was absolutely marvelous. It was very quiet, and one feels embarassed driving through such a peaceful retreat.

At the hotel we were greeted with the most pleasant and courteous hospitality - something rare to find now, and therefore especially noteworthy. The room was very comfortable, even if not too big. There was a marble bathroom with shower, but no bathtub. The bed was luxurious, and the ceiling was high - the hotel is a converted old house, one of those elegant mansions lining the street.

The concierge made a reservation for us at the affiliated restaurant Taverna Etrusca, where I could finally try Maremma's specialty cinghiale – a wild boar dish. The food was fantastic, and the service to match. I especially liked Acquacotta - a soup which is also Maremma’s specialty. This dinner set dreamy expectations for the breakfast, which was to match.

At night one can enjoy the most quiet sleep imaginable, and in the morning the garden will delight the guest - there is a vast olive grove and a rose garden, and from everywhere one can admire a magnificent panorama with gently rolling mountains. It is hard to imagine that Sovana was ravaged by malaria - it sits in such a splendid mountainous location.

The breakfast was very good and generous, with fresh citrus juices and eggs. The service is excellent throughout, very friendly, courteous and efficient at the same time. I was also especially moved when we asked for wine glasses the previous night - we bought some reputable local wine and wanted to try it in the room. I was a bit hesitant to ask, because sometimes they are not very benevolent towards drinking and eating in a room. However, the concierge-Signora said to us: "Of course, with pleasure - would you like glasses for white or red wine?".

Service like this makes a difference.

I highly recommend this hotel; and for that matter, the whole surrounding countryside, which is quite unexplored while full of delights, like hill towns of Montemerano, Pitigliano, Capalbio, Etruscan marvel Vulci with its medieval tiny castle and a breathtaking bridge; Lago di Bolsena with its towns – Capodimonte, Montefiascone, and many, many more, where as always in L’Italia, each town has its own character and every turn gives a traveler endless reason to call Italy a land of endless fascination.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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north yorkshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2010

A lovely hotel. All the staff were friendly and helpful and it was lovely being surrounded by gardens. I was taken ill after one night and the hotel arranged an ambulance. The manager, Walter, actually drove to the local hospital to wait for my husband until he was ready to return to the hotel we were overwhelmed by their kindness and concern.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisieux, France
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2010

Me and my family went to visit Toscana last year and on our tour we stop in Sovana and unfortunaly could spend only one night in this beautiful property. Hotel itself looks more like a small musem, and rooms are not so large but in front there is the most beautiful hotel garden I've ever seen...Olive trees, roses and sculptures of white stone all a round,,,you wish to spend all day sitting, walking and chilling around. During our visit they were ending constructions around the pool which will, I belive look fantastic.
For all who are planning to visit Toscana i recomend to stop in Sovana; it is a small town (104 inhabitans if I remember well) with a so beautiful charm and spirit that you will forget about all other troubles in the world; and from Sovana you are quite close to all other towns in Toscana that you wish to wisit.

All in all, I would like to visit it again whenever it will be possible!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Peschiera Borromeo, Italy
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96 reviews 96 reviews
73 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

Sovana is the most beautiful city and best preserved between Pitigliano and Sorano.
The Relais is very good. Very pleasant stay and probably this is the best hotel you can find here. No internet and no fitness room.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dorset
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117 reviews 117 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

Great place to stay in this unknown corner of south west Tuscany.

  • Stayed October 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via del Duomo 66, 58010 Sovana, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Grosseto > Sovana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sovana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sovana Hotel & Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An old country house, completely restored and sourround by a olive trees park. In the middle of the countryside and opposite to the Duomo of the small village of Sovana. ... more   less 
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