Standing at the foot of central Italy’s Cimini Mountains, in the province of Viterbo and back dropped by the vast wooded Nature Reserve of Lake Vico is the small medieval town of Soriano nel Cimino, which has been home to our family for generations. Its hill top location commands stunning views spanning miles of unspoilt countryside from the Tiber Valley to the Apennines. The town lends itself as a perfect base to explore the beautiful region of Tuscia, less than an hours’ drive north of Rome, 15 minutes from Viterbo and 90 minutes south of Florence, this picturesque town’s central location allows its visitor numerous day trip opportunities to discover this region’s hidden gems.
Known as a weekend retreat by the Romans, Soriano has seen Italians visiting for centuries however it remains relatively undiscovered by the foreign visitor. With a population of just over 8000 and a great variety of local amenities, guests staying at our properties in Soriano can discover a truly authentic part of Italian small town life, by way of shopping for fantastic regional produce in the friendly traditional shops to sampling the mouth-watering local cuisine at several of our excellent restaurants and cafes.
Venturing only a few minutes out of town up into the lush volcanic hills, made up predominantly of beech trees and chestnut groves, winding roads ascend from Soriano’s main piazza overlooking the valley below leading up into the shaded wood of the reserve to La Faggeta. Standing at 1,053 metres La Faggeta creates an ideal place to escape the summer heat and enjoy a relaxing break at the excellent restaurant and gelateria nestled in the shade of the wood. Here the road ends and the entrance to the wood begins, as do a number of fabulous walking trails.
Getting a feel for Soriano; The town’s main square is the living hub of the community and an integral part of daily life. Stopping off at Bar Roma in the morning for the perfect Italian coffee and pastry and enjoying an evening aperitivo on the piazza while watching the world go by at Bar Centrale, are daily Sorianese past times not to be missed. Be transported back in time by exploring Soriano’s pretty medieval streets, fountains and churches in the heart of the town that lead up to the 13th Century Orsini Castle. Visit the Renaissance fountains of Papacqua and Palazzo Chigi-Albani and enjoy fantastic meals at restaurants Tre Scalini, Due Camini and Taverna dei Frati to name but a few. Once the stables of an old monastery the Taverna’s large terrace overlooking the valley below provides the perfect setting for al fresco dining on warm Spring and Summer evenings.