The smallest of the Tufa cities, Sovana is as beautiful and pristine as a movie set, but all the more enchanting because it’s real.

This tiny town flourished as a haven for artists, poets and the religious – Sovana gave birth the Maremma’s only pope – Pope Gregory VII.

It’s a rare treat to walk the streets of Sovana where not even a flower is out of place and each house bears its own lovely hand-painted house number.