Pieve di Sorano

Pieve di Sorano, Filattiera

Pieve di Sorano
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Florence, Italy10,107 contributions
Awe-inspiring, not to be missed.
Mar 2020
We visited this church during our journey on the Via Francigena, leg from Pontremoli to Villafranca. Arriving on foot increases the charm of its apparition.
For those living in central Tuscany, Lunigiana is a disturbing experience. We immediately feel that we are in am inusual region, shaped by its condition as a border region, hybrid as there are few in Italy, with strong characteristics of transit land. All lands are somehow "also" of transit, but in Lunigiana transit appears to be a destiny, shaped by a history of transits that relies on a geography favorable to them.
The Pieve di Sorano well symbolizes this Lunigiana's condition. Located at the foot of the town of Filattiera, next to an important road, both in the past (the Lombard "Monte Bardone road") and in current times (the #62 national road), it isn't in the center of a town, but outside it, as if it were a gas station. It is as if it said: I am not at the service of the place, but of those who pass by here.
Of course it isn't so, in fact. This is not a simple parish church, but a "pieve" (from the Latin "plebs", people). That is, it's a church with the right to baptize. A pieve is a "central place", it has under it a series of other churches scattered throughout the surrounding area.
Its proto-Romanesque architecture, with simple walls and harmonious apses, recalls that of many churches of its time, especially in Lombardy.
It's simple and awe-inspiring. Not to be missed.
Written 11 March 2020
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katmandu153 contributions
incredible beauty
May 2013 • Friends
the view of Sorano for the arrivng traveler is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking in Toscana.
Sorano rises from a rock above a small river,in a green valley dotted with etruscan tombs ,middleages villages and natural beauties one can visit just by foot.
very close to Sorano there are the Terme,with hot springs and grass where to relax.
by car it is possible to visit endeless more places,one of the best is Pitigliano.
eat simple ,natural food,see markets and fair and ,in summertime,it is possible to listen great concerts.
Written 26 May 2013
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