Roman Catholic Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello

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Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello
Dioecesis Pitilianensis-Soanensis-Urbetelliensis
Campanile e Facciata Duomo di Pitigliano.jpg
Pitigliano Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino
Area 2,177 km2 (841 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
71,000 (99.3%)
Parishes 71
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 7th century
Cathedral Cattedrale di Ss. Pietro e Paolo (Pitigliano)
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di Ss. Pietro e Paolo (Sovana)
Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Orbetello)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Guglielmo Borghetti
Italy Tuscany Diocese map Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello.svg
Co-cathedral in Sovana (left) Co-cathedral in Orbetello (right)

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello (Latin: Dioecesis Pitilianensis-Soanensis-Urbetelliensis) in Tuscany has existed under that name since 1986, renamed from Diocese of Sovana-Pitigliano-Orbetello. The historic name was Diocese of Sovana-Pitigliano, which was changed in 1981. The diocese is suffragan of the Archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino.[1]


The two towns, Sovana and Pitigliano, are situated in the Province of Grosseto, Central Italy. Sovana was an ancient Etruscan city, and preserved a certain importance till the end of the thirteenth century, having been from the days of Charlemagne the capital of the counts of Aldobrandeschi, lords of Southern Tuscany. In 1240 the city withstood a siege by Emperor Frederick II. Later it passed under the sway of the Orsini family, who transferred their residence to Pitigliano, mentioned for the first time in 1081. In 1401 it fell into the power of the Republic of Siena. In 1434 Count Gentile Orsini having been killed at Sovana, the people of Pitigliano put the town to fire and sword, and brought about its destruction.

Its first known bishop is Mauritius (680); other bishops were:

The territory of this diocese includes the Vallombrosan Abbey of Monte Calvello, which was transferred in 1496 to within the city limits.



  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

Coordinates: 42°38′04″N 11°40′06″E / 42.6344°N 11.6683°E / 42.6344; 11.6683