The Magical Village of Suvereto

Suvereto, located in the Val di Cornia, in the heart of the wonderful Tuscan countryside, is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The origin of its name is due to the cork plant, which is abundantly present throughout the Suvereto wilderness. Even on the city’s coat of arms a lion is portrayed under a cork plant, reflecting the historical roots that link this little corner of Tuscany to its history and surrounding nature. In Suvereto today, there are about 3,000 inhabitants and the medieval walls on which the village stands still retain a special charm. From the belvedere on top of the village, you can cast a glance at the boundless horizons that stretch for miles and miles, between pine trees and countryside.

To get to Suvereto you will pass by the sea, on the ancient Via Aurelia and then go inland towards Piombino. Nearby are other ancient cities of Etruscan origin, such as Populonia, which we highly suggest a visit to for lovers of history. The village of Suvereto today survives mainly due to tourism and its local economy is largely based on agriculture and breeding. This, for those who go there, translates into tables laid out, filled with whims and delicacies from 0 kilometers. Olive oil, wine, fine meats, and traditional Tuscan recipes are at home in the village. There are many restaurants within the city walls, including L’Ciocio. It is a very tasteful restaurant that is well furnished and has an extremely attentive and informed staff. In the kitchen, succulent dishes are prepared every day to let you taste tender Chianina meat.

The surroundings of Suvereto are dedicated to nature lovers, sports fanatics, and trekking enthusiasts. Paths of all difficulty wind through the surrounding hills and you can explore the area of the Montioni, which has recently become a provincial park, where you can organize exciting horse-riding trips. In the heart of the Val Cornia, you can come across archaeological remains from various periods, from Etruscan to medieval architecture. For example, the whole village is surrounded by springs where, in the past centuries, inhabitants used to drink or store water. After the restoration in previous centuries, the springs of Suvereto today represent a place of interest from an architectural point of view. This is the case, for example, of Fonte degli Angeli, which presents marble bas-reliefs, spiers, and plastered facades.

There are many attractions in the Suvereto area. Starting from Palazzo Comunale, dating back to the XIII century and today is one of the most appreciated finds of medieval architecture in Tuscany. In its rooms, the city government was established and among its foundations there is still evidence of the castle’s oldest wall. The same goes for the Rocca Aldobrandesca, whose construction dates back to the 10th century, with the first wall consisting of the Tower and the complex later fortified for defensive needs. It is also dedicated to San Giusto, bishop of Volterra, and the church dates back to the 9th century, with the first attestations dated even to 923. The bell tower, visible on the side of the church, has a rectangular base and stands on the streets of the village, despite being hit by a lightning bolt in 1884.

The church of San Michele Arcangelo, which currently houses the Museum of Sacred Art and the convent of San Francesco, now used for private homes, still preserves the floorplan of the time and has survived almost intact. In addition to the places of interest already mentioned, there are many others to visit once you arrive in Suvereto. Our advice is to embrace the mild climate of Tuscany, enjoy the idleness, rest, and well-being of a healthy life that seem to animate the streets of these small villages, full of history where you can escape from stress, worries, and the frenetic life that unfolds, undeterred, beyond the walls. Suvereto is a small heaven, where you can find some peace.


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