An enchanting mix of medieval architecture, boutiques and galleries set around atmospheric streets await in this magical hill town in the foothills of Monte Cimino.
Discover an authentic Italian charm amid the medieval old town, vibrant plazas and traditional trattorias of Soriano nel Cimino. This town sits in the shadow of Monte Cimino and at the crossroads between the regions of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. Its origins are traceable back to the Etruscan civilization and it later became a residence of noble Italian families. Today, Soriano nel Cimino is a welcoming place where independent businesses thrive, locals gather in the town squares and children play freely at night.
The town developed around Orsini Castle, which is a great location to start your tour. Look inside the arsenal, chapel and towers of this 13th-century castle built by Pope Nicolo II Orsini. Enjoy views of Monte Cimino and over the Tiber Valley from the ramparts.
From the castle, the old town stretches downhill in a labyrinth of zigzagging streets and alleys. Browse fashion outlets, galleries and handicraft shops, many housed inside elegant soft-hued buildings. Observe as groups of men and women stop to chat at the town squares. Spot impressive religious landmarks such as the Cathedral of St. Nicolas of Bari, the Church of St. Eutizio and the Church of Misericordia.
Visit the 16th-century Renaissance masterpiece, Palazzo Chigi-Albani. Although often closed to the public, you can still appreciate the fading beauty of its façade. It features the Papacqua Fountain, festooned with sculptures of allegorical and biblical characters.
Take a break from sightseeing and sample delectable Italian cuisine at the town’s pizzerias, taverns and trattorias. Typical dishes include spaghetti with ricotta and sutrine, a pancake eaten with cheese or jams.
On a pleasant day, do as the town’s residents do and head to Faggeta del Monte Cimino. This area of beech, chestnut and hazelnut forests sits on the slopes of Monte Cimino and is ideal for hiking and picnicking.
Reach Soriano nel Cimino by taking the train from Rome to Orte Scalo and then catch a bus from there. Buses also travel between the town and nearby Viterbo. Come in October for the Sagra delle Castagne festival, which celebrates the town’s origins and the fertility of Monte Cimino.