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Etruscan walls and medieval chapel, Vetulonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

A day in Vetulonia: among Etruscan and Roman remains, and a beautiful museum

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We are at the seaside in Castiglione della Pescaia, but we decide to spend a day hunting for history. Our destination is the nearby medieval village of Vetulonia. This small inhabited center was known until the end of the nineteenth century by the name of Colonna or Colonna di Buriano, before Isidoro Falchi’s excavations no one knew where ancient Vetulonia was located. Vetulonia in Etruscan times was one of the main centers of this area overlooking Lake Prile.

Etruscan walls, Vetulonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
Etruscan walls, Vetulonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The village has a typically medieval appearance with some interesting churches and an imposing fortress. There are also the remains of part of the ancient Etruscan walls.

Museo Archelogico di Vetulonia. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini
Archaeological Museum of Vetulonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

After a short tour of the village we decide to visit the Archaeological Museum of Vetulonia. It is a beautiful little museum that is also very interesting for kids. Statues, ornaments, commonly used objects, vases, helmets and coins from the Etruscan and Roman era are on display. Such objects allow the visitor to have a picture of how the ancient Etruscans lived and to understand the sophistication achieved by this ancient civilization, and also to understand the vastness of trade in antiquity.

Roman road, Vetulonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
Roman road, Vetulonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

We stop for lunch in a characteristic restaurant just outside the museum where we eat excellent pasta with wild boar ragout. Then we continue the visit to the two archaeological areas near the town. One of the two is crossed by a suggestive Roman paved road that passes through the remains of shops and houses.

Tumba etrusca de Pietrera, Vetulonia. Autor y Copyright Marco Ramerini
Etruscan tomb of Pietrera, Vetulonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Finally we move to the area of the Etruscan tombs, which is located a few kilometers outside the town. Here there are several Etruscan tombs including the monumental tombs of Pietrera and Diavolino.

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