Sorano is a town of 3,602 inhabitants in the province of Grosseto . Of ancient Etruscan origin , the medieval village of Sorano, in the center of the "lands of tufa" , is perched in a picturesque way of a steep tufa cliff and extends to the foot of the fourteenth-century Rocca Orsini , one of the most impressive facilities of military engineering of the time.
Feature of the village is a maze of alleys, courtyards , arches , portals ashlar , exterior stairs , balconies and cellars dug into the tuff.
Little news of the Etruscan period and the findings are modest , Sovana , now village of Sorano, in the Etruscan city was much more important and above it politically .
The first historical documentation related to the center of Sorano date back to the third century . BC , a period in which he began the Roman conquest of the Roman phase of Sorano, which should pick up the same name, you do not have big tracks , but the discovery of numerous " columbarium " , which suggest a modest settlement yet once under the jurisdiction of Sovana erected a "municipium " .
On the 9th of October in the year 862 by Emperor Ludwig II is stipulated the establishment of the County and the village Aldobrandesca conquest increasingly important.
Dall'862 1312 the county soranese followed the fortunes of the family Aldobrandeschis , engaging in bloody battles for supremacy and not infrequently of defense in 1312 , on the death of Margaret , the dynasty died out aldobrandesca . In 1293, the daughter of Margherita , Anastasia , married Roman Gentile Orsini bringing a dowry of the ancient feud .
Sorano became the bulwark of this family play an important role in the struggle against the Republic of Siena from which the Orsini and their subjects came out defeated, in the year 1417 , in fact, a treaty was signed which recognized the primacy of the rule of Siena. This pact was less than in 1555 , when it fell the Republic of Siena, and already in 1556 Niccolo Orsini was able to again reaffirm its power over the county.
The Orsini then they provided to consolidate the Rocca di Sorano making him a wonderful example of military architecture , as well as a powerful means of defense.
In the Orsini fortress dominated by two massive ramparts , the Bastion of St. Peter , located to the west, and the Bastion of San Marco, joined together by the wall which , in the center , presents the gateway .
In 1604, after long struggles between the various members of the Orsini family, with the death of Alexander of Bertoldo , and Sorano actually passed under the jurisdiction of the Medici who ruled until 1737 , when the Grand Duchy of Tuscany passed to the house of Lorraine, which gave considerable impetus to its economic development .
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papagolf21 (86988) 2013-10-05 0:37
Bonjour, cher Silvio,
Superbe mise en image. Les yeux se régalent d'un tel spectacle.
Difficile de rester insensible à cette architecture qui perdure au fil des siècles.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-10-05 1:15
nella tua passeggiata toscana, oltretutto favorita da un tempo splendido, Sorano rappresentava un tappa obbligata ed ecco oggi la tua bella foto d'insieme di questo caratteriostico paese dalle antiche origini.
Ottima, come sempre la composizione ed eccellenti, come d'obbligo contrasto, luminosità e colori.
In attesa delle prossime, delle quali già ho avuto modo di vederne le anticipazioni, ti saluto augurandoti un buon fine settimana, anche se terribilmente piovoso.
carlo62 (34490) 2013-10-05 1:42
bellissima panoramica, hai fatto un gran bel lavoro, gli avi etruschi saranno contenti.
Purtroppo non ho mai visitato questi paesi, dovrò decidermi a farlo.
ikeharel (58921) 2013-10-05 1:59
Yet another small town typically built on a rock, in the labyrinth style, and neighbouring Pitigliano.
Went to Google-map to look it up.
Excelent clear details, green in contrast to blue and the grey/brown stones that town was built from.
Fine overall view.
jhm (140629) 2013-10-05 2:18
Thank you very much for your interesting note.
Almost not to believe what long time ago construction a city on the slope of the mountain.
Colours and sharpness are pleasant to look at.
Nice captured excellent of colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
snunney (85659) 2013-10-05 2:29
A splendid perspective over this town with its mass of interesting architecture. The impressive castle makes fine anchor point from which the eyes move naturally across the frame from one element to the next. Excellent technical presentation.
SWEETFREEDOM (22898) 2013-10-05 4:52
bel borgo dell'Italia centrale catturato da un ottimo p.o.v
ottimi colori naturali e luci
Sergiom (62028) 2013-10-05 5:35
Je suis toujours étonné de voir ces villages se construire sur le bord des précipices. Personnellement, je me sentirais un brin claustrophobe, mais quelle belle image par cette belle journée ensoleillée.
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-10-05 5:35
real beauty of medieval times!
Excellent panoramic capture of Sorano and outstaning quality of the image.Your presentation appeals to me much.It´s well composed and has superb overall quality and nice color scheme with dominating blue and green tones.
Wish You a nice weekend
cornejo (32746) 2013-10-05 5:45
Ciao Silvio, ottima vista di questo luogo interessante, molto ben catturato con un grande POV in questa grande e bella fotografia. Una bella immagine con la nitidezza buona, bel colore e la luce. Un grande e bellissimo lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo interessante lavoro.
Buon pomeriggio e Domenica felice.
I migliori auguri dal sud della Spagna.
abmdsudi (44308) 2013-10-05 6:41
A picturesque looking medieval village nicely perched built from sandstone and freshly framed by the wooden green wooden lit by the subtle light oin fine weather and deep in colours. Vivid in details throughout. Full of charm with its aged beauty and well contrast to the deep blue background. Indeed a nicely done shot, pleasing in the eyes.
holmertz (42273) 2013-10-05 7:39
Another amazing old village, almost entirey grey like the rock on which it has been built. The contrasts of green foreground, grey buildings and blue sky is stunning. Your chosen POV is superb and technically it is a perfect photo.
Nicou (124229) 2013-10-05 8:09
quel panorama et vue sur ce village superbe iamge et compo fantastique vue et cpatage, ces clochers, ces tours qui ressortent et la végétation et cette roche mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (24598) 2013-10-05 9:20
Beautiful town on the rock, excellent panoramic photo, I am impresse with stone houses and towers, splendid photo
npecanhuk (66862) 2013-10-05 10:21
Very interesting and attractive place!
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-10-05 10:22
Good presentation the city of Sorano with beautiful houses on the rock. I think this is a great place. TFS!
mirosu (14984) 2013-10-05 17:46
The castle on the hill is a very interesting and impressive structure; it looks in great shape. I like the clarity and colours of your picture. I also like that you've included the surrounding landscape and a view of small town houses adding a very appealing and useful context. Well done.
photoray (12689) 2013-10-05 19:24
Another attractive view of Sorano, medieval buildings stacked together and on top of each other, and very immense. Must be a great place to explore.
mvdisco (17776) 2013-10-05 20:07
Ciao Silvio, Bonjour,
A beautiful landscape and point of view of Sorano,
A picturesque composition of the city,
Nice POV. & DOF. well presented and composed as usual..
great details and colors too,
all my complimenti,
jjcordier (76976) 2013-10-05 22:10
Jolie présentation de ce charmant village haut perché.
bayno (18342) 2013-10-06 0:58
Un'altra bella location ben ripresa...vedo che hai sconfinato in Toscana, ottimi i dettagli e i colori naturali, buona domenica Silvio,
Cricri (108059) 2013-10-06 1:29
Grande et belle vue sur ce village médiéval bâti sur le rocher et joliment entourer de végétation , excellent POV, très belle présentation
Fis2 (86801) 2013-10-06 2:17
A very curious city.
Good frame and colors.
dekanski (3632) 2013-10-06 4:50
veri nice, but it looks a little skewed to the left?
Miguel82 (24727) 2013-10-06 4:53
Hello Silvio, excellent resolution and light over that crest, the colors are lovely, a village build with stones, good combination between the grey, the blue of the sky and the green forest, thanks, have a nice afternoon
nikkitta (14992) 2013-10-06 14:19
Like your post of villages made with rocks, now taken from far in contrast with the green vegetation
Informative note about this kind a fortress village
ChrisJ (100130) 2013-10-07 9:10
A good overview shot of this picturesque mountain village perched atop the clifftops. Excellent density, sharpness and levels with good color and saturation. The castle at right dominates the scene & provides a fine focal point. Nice horizontal layering with sky, town and fg green trees. Have a nice week!
macjake (57432) 2013-10-11 16:46
beautiful photograph silvio!
the lighting and exposure are spot on, I wouldn't want you to change a thing here.
lovely subject too.
overall a great photo
ourania (32825) 2013-10-14 12:45
ci presenti questa vista con stupenda profondita' e chiarezza, la prospettiva e l' inquadratura sono combinate molto effettivamente per rendere una composizione comprensiva ed interessantissima. Le tessiture del primo piano sono cosi naturali e vere e la nitidezza e' perfetta fino allo sfondo. Gli edifizi sono affascinanti, la storia del luogo descritta nella tua nota fa' voglia di avvicinarsi e cercarne i segni. Hai gestito la luce con grande efficacita' ed i colori sono meravigliosi. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,