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starting time:8:30 AM
For up to 4 Persons from Rome Hotel: 680 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Rome Hotel: 750 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Rome Hotel: 850 EUROS
* DATES on the Booking Form Calendar that are NOT Selectable, are NOT AVAILABLE.
This Tuscany Tour from Rome starts and ends at your hotel or accommodation in Rome.
Even though your cruise has concluded, your adventures in Italy have just begun! Extend the thrill of your cruise on your disembarkation day with Stefano Rome Tours’ Post Cruise Tour to Tuscany!
Journey from Civitavecchia on your debarkation day to Southern Tuscany's Maremma region on our popular "Post Cruise Mystical Tuscany: Pitigliano & Sovana Tour from Civitavecchia"
Venture into the tranquil haven of Maremma, where the authentic essence of Tuscany thrives. Serene landscapes, undulating hills, and untamed wilderness where cowboys, long-horned cattle, and Etruscan treasures thrive. Charming medieval towns atop hills offer postcard-worthy vistas of lush valleys and deep ravines, making it a splendid sight to behold.
Your dedicated Stefano Rome Tours English-speaking driver will meet you on the Pier next to your Cruise Ship in Civitavecchia at 8:00 AM. With your luggage safely stowed away in the deluxe vehicle's luggage compartment, you'll set off on a scenic drive through the scenic landscapes of Lazio, gradually immersing yourself in the heart of Tuscany's bucolic Maremma region. Your destination: the hidden gems of Pitigliano and Sovana.
These rare Etruscan strongholds have witnessed the passage of centuries, preserving an unbroken legacy since ancient times. As you wander through their ancient streets, you'll feel the echoes of a rich heritage, and you'll be captivated by the enchanting magic that envelops this unique corner of Tuscany.
Dramatically located atop a stunning promontory, Pitigliano enchants visitors with its ancient allure. Medieval stone buildings topped with terracotta roofs, seem to emerge organically from the rocky cliffs, evoking the essence of a magical fairy tale. Traces of its ancient origins, prehistoric remnants, ancient tombs, and caverns lining the city walls bear witness to the depth of its history.
Steeped in legacies inherited from Roman colonization, Pitigliano, once known as Petilia Gens, proudly carries the marks left behind by the illustrious Aldobrandeschi, Orsini, and Medici families of bygone Medieval and Renaissance eras. Their indelible influence is artfully woven into the town's awe-inspiring architecture, where the formidable Palazzo Orsini stands transformed into a living museum, while the iconic Medici Aqueduct serves as a symbol of the town's indomitable spirit.
As you wander through the labyrinthine narrow lanes of yesteryears and explore the charming squares, you'll be transported back in time, retracing the footsteps of the town's historic lords, dukes, and counts. Pitigliano's timeless charm beckons you to fully immerse yourself in its captivating history, inviting you to revel in the enchanting past that it unfolds.
In Pitigliano, you'll also discover top-notch restaurants serving delectable local fare. Pair these enticing dishes with a glass of locally produced wine, creating a refreshing pause in your day for a tasty lunch.
From here, you will once again join your driver for a short drive to your next destination on this post-cruise tour from Civitavecchia: Sovana.
In the embrace of protective medieval walls, Sovana reveals its captivating saga, whisking visitors away into a world of mystery and splendor. Its ancient roots stretching back to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages and its transformation into the Roman colony once known as Suana, bestow upon the village a profound heritage that resonates through the ages.
Venturing into Sovana feels like entering an enchanting fairy tale of a medieval saga. Flourishing as a vibrant center during that era, Sovana once held the seat of the local bishop and thrived under the rule of illustrious counts and lords. Withstanding the tests of time, wars, and the challenges of the past, Sovana remains an exceptional and beguiling example of a medieval town.
Step into the enchanting embrace of Piazza del Pretorio hailed as one of Italy's 100 most beautiful squares. The buildings that adorn this square exude a captivating charm, their warm hues echoing tales of centuries gone by, with origins dating back as far as the 8th century. A delightful terracotta brick pavement, arranged in an intricate herringbone pattern, adds a touch of timeless elegance to the scene.
Immerse yourself in this picturesque setting as you explore the treasures it holds, including the venerable 8th-century church of Santa Maria, the charming Palazzetto dell’Archivio, the graceful Loggia del Capitano, and the stately Palazzo del Pretorio.
A visit to Sovana is an unparalleled exploration into the very heart of history where time seems to stand still. Every step you take in Sovana is a step back in time, where the echoes of ancient civilizations resonate and a sense of wonder permeates the air as you stroll along the ancient street, surrounded by buildings that have witnessed centuries of stories unfold. In Sovana, the past comes alive, enchanting visitors with the timeless allure of this extraordinary village.
As your post-cruise tour from Civitavecchia to Pitigliano and Sovana comes to a close at 3:30 PM, you will bid farewell to these hidden treasures of Tuscany's Maremma region. Reuniting with your dedicated driver, you will embark on a scenic drive back to your hotel in Rome aiming to arrive by approximately 6 PM.
While traversing the picturesque countryside on your way to Rome, take a moment to relish the enchanting beauty and profound history that has left an indelible mark on your heart. This remarkable blend of enchanting landscapes and rich heritage makes this trip an extraordinary and treasured conclusion to your cruise, creating wonderful memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Thank you for booking our Post Cruise Mystical Tuscany: Pitigliano and Sovana Tour from Civitavecchia, and choosing Stefano Rome Tours for your private excursions in Italy. We look forward to welcoming you to Italy, where your Tuscan adventure awaits!
Payment for this Post Cruise Tour to Pitigliano and Sovana can be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey directly to your driver, or you may prepay in advance via PayPal or Credit Card upon request.
We kindly ask that cancellations be made at least 7 days in advance via E-Mail. Cancellations by phone, text, or 3rd party who is not the person who booked the service are NOT accepted.
** PREPAID SERVICES can only be Refunded the Net Rate we receive from your prepayment. Net Rate is the actual service price minus the fees retained by PayPal/Credit Card that are not reimbursed to us in case of refunds. We can only refund the portion we receive from the PayPal/CC company.
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Please inform us in your reservation (message box) of the total luggage you anticipate bringing (large check-in suitcases and small carry-on cases) so we can provide you with a suitable vehicle to safely accommodate all passengers and their luggage.
A minivan for up to 8 passengers can accommodate up to 6 suitcases and up to 6 carry-on cases in TOTAL.
Please do not leave any personal items and valuables inside the vehicle while away from the vehicle.
For shore excursions from Civitavecchia, your driver will meet you on the Pier next to your Ship at your tour's scheduled pick-up time holding a sign with the NAME in your reservation.
Do NOT leave the ship area, and do NOT take a shuttle bus outside the port.
Look for your driver in the same area on the Pier as ALL private drivers will be waiting for their clients. After you meet your driver you will be accompanied to your vehicle and your Rome private shore excursion will begin with a leisurely drive from Civitavecchia to Rome.
This Post Cruise Tuscany tour to Pitigliano and Sovana provides an English-speaking Driver who is NOT a Licensed Tour Guide. Your driver will be happy to provide general touristic information while at the vehicle, but will not be able to accompany you to sightsee away from the vehicle.
Italy has strict laws and regulations aimed at protecting official licensed guides that make it unlawful for Drivers to act as tour guides or accompany guests to sightsee on foot away from the vehicle. In order for us to comply with Italy’s laws, Drivers are required to remain with the vehicle while guests sightsee on their own away from the vehicle.
During this tour you will SELF TOUR (unaccompanied by your driver) when away from the vehicle.
Fondly referred to as "Little Jerusalem" (Piccola Gerusalemme), Pitigliano bears witness to its vibrant Jewish community that sought refuge during the upheavals of the Counter-reformation in Rome. The Jewish influence is evident in the "forno delle azzime," a Passover matzoh bakery tucked within the shelter of a cave.
Though only a few Jewish residents remain, the Jewish ghetto on Via Zuccarelli stands as a poignant reminder of their enduring legacy. The restored Synagogue, dating back to 1598, invites visitors to explore and reflect, while rock-hewn cellars for Kosher wine production and ritual baths offer glimpses into their vibrant past. Each stone seems to whisper tales of traditions, celebrations, and a sense of belonging that has endured through generations.
"Sfratto di Pitigliano" is a local sweet pastry encased in a crisp, doughy shell shaped like a baton, infused with flavors of walnuts, honey, nutmeg, orange peel, and anise.
The "Sfratto di Pitigliano" is not just a sweet pastry; it is a culinary treasure that carries within it a rich history and a captivating legend. The origins of this delightful treat date back to a significant event in Pitigliano's past when the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo II de Medici, issued an edict leading to the resettlement of Jews from nearby towns into a designated area of Pitigliano known as the Jewish ghetto. This decree, aptly named "sfratto", meaning "eviction" in Italian, left an indelible mark on the town's history
According to local lore, during the implementation of the order, officials would knock on the doors of Jewish homes using a stick. A century later, in a testament to resilience and to symbolize their enduring spirit, the Jewish community of Pitigliano crafted the Sfratto di Pitigliano. This delightful confection not only pays homage to the town's history but also serves as a delectable reminder of the Jewish community's unwavering legacy, forever intertwined with the enchanting tale of Pitigliano.
Explore this charming town effortlessly with its two main avenues, Via Roma and Via Zucarelli, stretching parallel for several blocks forming a circular route. Begin your stroll along Via Roma until you reach the end marked by the simple church of San Rocco and immediately circle back along Via Zucarelli where hidden shopping treasures await your discovery. Here, a shopper's paradise unfurls, offering a delightful variety of boutiques crafted by artisans, beckoning exploration.
Discover hand-crafted hats, supple leather goods, artist-made ceramics, and one-of-a-kind clothing pieces, each embodying elegance. Hand-crafted jewelry speaks of intricate craftsmanship, while irresistible souvenirs capture the essence of your Pitigliano experience
The aroma of bakeries entices, while gastronomic boutiques delight your palate with regional delights. Enjoy a day of shopping during your independent exploration through Pitigliano.
If you would instead prefer to visit a Museum during your limited time in Pitigliano, you may consider visiting Palazzo Orsini. Within this splendid palace, revered both for its magnificence and as a museum, a small collection of exclusive Renaissance treasures awaits discovery.
Among these curated marvels are intricate jewelry, paintings, ceramics, ancient tomes, and religious artifacts, each resonating with the legacy of lords and dukes from a bygone era. Explore the labyrinthine rooms ascending and descending multiple levels connected by medieval staircases, where the hushed echoes of history entice exploration.
* IMPORTANT: Please note that due to its architectural features and multiple stairways, this museum is not recommended for visitors with mobility concerns.
While in Piazza del Pretorio you can't miss this iconic palazzo that dominates the square. With its origins tracing back to the 12th century, the Palazzo Comunale, also referred to as the Palazzo dell'Archivio, emerged as the focal point of Sovana's municipal life, embodying the town's resurgence after the pinnacle of its Etruscan era. Proudly gracing the western perimeter of Piazza del Pretorio, the main facade serves as a gateway to history, encapsulating the essence of bygone eras.
The large clock, now a distinguished element, was added in 1588. In the 17th century, the palazzo was crowned by the bell tower. The palazzo evolved into the official city archive, housing a documentation center that weaves the intricate tapestry of Sovana's history and archaeology.
In the heart of Piazza del Pretorio also stands the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. While the façade may not demand immediate awe, its true magic resides within. Venture into the sanctuary's embrace to discover a precious antiquity—a beautifully preserved pre-Romanesque ciborium, a regal canopy poised over the altar, its weight gracefully upheld by four majestic pillars.
Wander further, and 15th-century frescoes come to life upon the walls, a vivid panorama of artistic heritage suspended in time. The ciborium, believed to have been repurposed from the former San Mamiliano church, embodies the enduring spirit of sacred craftsmanship, a legacy echoing through the annals of time.
At the center of the square, attention converges upon the Praetorian Palace, a time-honored vestige from the 12th century. Its architecture, an unwavering rectangle, has been subject to a myriad of transformations over the passage of time. Decorating its exterior are elaborate adornments—symbols depicting the Captains of Justice entwined with the illustrious Medici heritage.
Standing over the believed site of the original Etruscan acropolis, the Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter stands as a majestic marvel of architectural harmony and sculptural brilliance.
Its Gothic doorway, adorned with elegant marble embellishments, depicts enigmatic motifs—from sirens with double tails to spiraling human figures, intricate floral patterns, and a series of geometric bas-reliefs intertwined with medieval spirituality.
If you wish to visit any of these sites in Pitigliano and Sovana, they require admission tickets.
** Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
You may purchase Combo Tickets to visit the Museum of Orsini Palace in Pitigliano and the Cathedral of St Peter in Sovana. Please ask at the reception desk at the Orsini Palace Museum.
Combo Ticket Price: 6 EUROS Per Person