Soriano nel Cimino – a Portal to the 13th Century

Over the Easter holidays I took a much-needed break from revision and went on a quick holiday to Soriano nel Cimino, in Italy! It’s a beautiful village that I could only describe as being both stereotypically Italian and wonderfully quaint. Not only was the food amazing (especially the pasta), but the coffee was to die for. If you’re ever in Italy and don’t order a caffé crema, you are seriously missing out!

We stayed at the Palazzo at Soriano and had the most wonderful time. It’s right in the centre of the town, and walking distance from the shops, restaurants and caffés. But, being situated up a hill, it had beautiful views from all parts of the resort – I was even able to watch the sunset from my bedroom window.

When we weren’t eating, we were exploring the nearby sights. It’s a very historical place, and the activities to do really reflect that. I’m sure there are some fun clubs or bars around, but I wasn’t the least bit interested in finding them – I was too busy enjoying the natural beauty of the country. The personal highlight of the trip was easily Civita di Bagnoregio. It’s a quiet, charming and Roman-esque village sitting atop of a huge hill, connected to civilisation via just one long, winding (and steep) footbridge.

Of course, the entire journey may take 20 minutes from car park to village, but the view alone would be worth it.

Once past the gates to the village, it felt like a time portal to a different century – one stuck in the Middle Ages. Although inevitably touristy, I loved how the town felt untouched for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. It was decorated with bare stone passageways and paved with smooth cobblestones, adding to the rustic vibes. Wherever you turned, you found a view worthy of Instagram.

Admittedly, Soriano nel Cimino probably isn’t the most exciting place to go, but it’s unequivocally beautiful. I tend to (unapologetically) prefer modern cities over small towns, but its quaintness gave it a distinctive and stereotypical Italian feel that I fell in love with. If only to try a traditional carbonara and caffé crema, I highly recommend you go!


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