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Etruscan walk

Get out and do some hiking in Sovana. It's amazing to seeing these ancient roadways that the... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2018
Alec D
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Seattle, Washington
Straight out of the Lord of the Rings

Walk in the steps of the ancients in these roads cut into the rock, wonder at the ancient... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
guorlan
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Italy
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

Get out and do some hiking in Sovana. It's amazing to seeing these ancient roadways that the etruscan's used. Definately worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Alec D
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Walk in the steps of the ancients in these roads cut into the rock, wonder at the ancient workmanship and be surprised by the many intriguing cavities opening up on side of the surrounding hills. A must do if you pass by here.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank guorlan
Reviewed July 25, 2018

Sovana is a must! Truly a tuscan gem and the Vie Cave was very interesting.. I am a American living in tuscany for years and just recently discovered Sovana and loved it! The town Sovana is adorable and the food great ( eehgia fantastic restaurante)....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2017

An ancient pathway carved from the rock by the etruscans, mysterious site and great walk, worth doing it if you are in Sorano

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Temper43
Reviewed April 8, 2017

This pathway is well worth a visit. Carved through Tuff rock by the Etruscans, the vertical walls of this narrow pathway create a wonderful contrast of bright light and shadow, which open out into spaces with nice views through the valley. There is a pleasant...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

This is a good one. See Etruscan caves and enjoy spectacular views of Sorano. You can take the easier route or climb almost straight up on the "Ricchetto" path. I think this means 'rocket to the top'. There are trail signs explaining the flora, which...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Andrea F
Reviewed June 5, 2016

These are ancient pathways of the Etrucans carved from the tufa so common to the area. The mystery and sheer beauty of these sunken pathways link your modern footsteps to those who went before so long ago.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Rene S
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Another truly atmospheric Etruscan site with some stunning monumental tombs - clearly some preservation work is in progress on the site -an audioguide will be helpful to get the most from the visit although the pathways are well signposted. Some of the pathways are a...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

I great place for a hiking tour or only for short visit. These are old roads carved in the rock - still carrying in some section solar symbols to scare the enemies. The roads are part of a relatively big archeological park featuring some wonderful,...More

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed June 30, 2015

There are several vie cave taking off from Sovana. Do not miss the opportunity to walk them. Keep your eye out for carvings and shrines along the route. Do not be surprised if you discover you are the only one visiting them

Date of experience: June 2015
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Tom R
St. Augustine, Florida
Best tuffa, garden, thermal, Etruscan sites around Orvieto? (2 Replies)
We are four seniors traveling by car in September. One is a master gardener and another an avid photographer. We will arrive in Orvieto early in the morning and drop off our luggage before exploring the surrounding area. I expect we will have plenty of time to see Orvieto in the late afternoon and evening . We are looking for unique, special spots for a half day (~4 hrs.) explore. Can anyone comment on these two choices? The Pitigliano, Sovana, Sorano, Saturnia circuit. Besides the beauty...More
March 28, 2016|
Response fromTom R|
Thank you for your reply. The Pitligliano thread was helpful and lead me to read all on that forum. From there I was redirected to the "minor sites " link that first got me interested in this magical area! I believe I will repost my questions to the Pitigliano forum for info on accessing the other towns, spa in that area and then do another post to the Viterbo forum, which had the most info on Bagnaia, Vitorchiano, and the gardens nearby. There seemed to be local experts that may be able...More
Tom R
St. Augustine, Florida
How to spend a half day in and around Pitigliano (9 Replies)
We are four seniors traveling by car in early September. One is a master gardener and another an avid photographer. We will arrive in Orvieto early in the morning and drop off our luggage before exploring the surrounding area. I expect we will have plenty of time to see Orvieto in the late afternoon and evening . We are looking for unique, special spots for a half day (~4 hrs.) explore. The choice comes down to the area west of Ovieto around Pitigliano OR the area south around Viterbo. I...More
March 29, 2016|
Response fromlastraniera|
"Should we skip Saturnia altogether because of Saturday crowds?" I personally would. And I would also opt for the Pitigliano / Sorano / Sovana triangle over the area between Orvieto / Viterbo, though that corner of Lazio is very interesting. Re practical matters, parking easy in all three towns, there's even fairly good free spaces in all. A short walk will be required but Pitigliano isn't steep and Sovana is as flat as a pancake. There are some short steep parts to Sorano, that I would...More
yojosh
Chicago
Vie Cave Sovana (3 Replies)
We are hoping to visit Via Cave on our upcoming trip to Italy. We will be driving from Rome and are hoping for some directions, where to park our rental car while we walk the caves, and general tips for the visit. Thank you in advance!
April 14, 2013|
Response fromyojosh|
Google translate sure is helpful! Thanks Jerry have you been? Any forum members explored Via Cave?