Comune di Sorano

Coat of arms

Location of Sorano in Italy

Coordinates: IT 42°40′55″N 11°42′54″E / 42.68194°N 11.71500°E / 42.68194; 11.71500Coordinates: IT 42°40′55″N 11°42′54″E / 42.68194°N 11.71500°E / 42.68194; 11.71500
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province / Metropolitan city Grosseto (GR)
Frazioni Castell'Ottieri, Cerreto, Elmo, Montebuono, Montevitozzo, Montorio, San Giovanni delle Contee, San Quirico, San Valentino, Sovana
  Mayor Pierandrea Vanni (since June 2004)
  Total 174.60 km2 (67.41 sq mi)
Elevation 379 m (1,243 ft)
Population (2001)
  Total 3,955
  Density 23/km2 (59/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Soranesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 58043
Patron saint St. Nicholas
Saint day December 6
Website Official website

Sorano is a town and comune in the province of Grosseto, southern Tuscany (Italy).

It as an ancient medieval hill town hanging from a tuff stone over the Lente River.


A view of Sorano

Sorano was probably inhabited by Villanovan culture, but the first historical mentions are relative to the 3rd century BC, when it was an Etruscan city under the influence of the more populous nearby Sovana.

Disappearing from history under the Roman domination, it is again known in 862 when a county was founded by Emperor Louis II, under the Aldobrandeschi suzerainty. The Aldobrandeschi were the most powerful feudataries of southern Tuscany for more than four centuries, disappearing in 1312 when Margherita, son of Ildibrandino, died without male heirs. His daughter Adelaide married to Romano di Gentile Orsini, who added the city to the family fiefs.

The county of Pitigliano-Sorano fought against the Republic of Siena, but was forced to accept its suzerainty from 1417. It regained a full independence in 1556, when the latter was annexed to the Duchy of Tuscany. The fortress, due to its strategic position, was frequently attacked; it was also the seat of fratricidal fights between the Orsini. In 1604, with the death of Alessandro di Bertoldo, it became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

It became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.

Main sights

Another castle is in the frazione of Sovana.

See also


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