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

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 ...

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Ansedonia: the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Cosa

The Roman colony of Cosa (Ansedonia) was founded in 273 BC. This colony was built in a strategic position on a hill overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast south of the Argentario. The colony was fortified with massive walls. The inhabited area was built later, since the precedence was given to the fortifications and public buildings. On the top of the hill ...

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Vetulonia: one of the most important Etruscan cities

Roman road, Vetulonia. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Vetulonia is today a small medieval village located a few kilometers from Castiglione della Pescaia. This small center of the Maremma, in Etruscan times, was one of the most important cities of Etruria. Located in the valley of the Bruna River in the immediate vicinity of what in the Etruscan era was Lake Prile. Vetulonia became an important Etruscan center ...

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Three curiosities about Volterra

Volterra is one of the most important and ancient towns of Tuscany, with a glorious past in Etruscan, Roman and medieval eras. A treasure of immeasurable size dwells between the walls and the cobbled streets of this village. An infinity of legends, views, mysteries and treasures, guarded with pride and passion, never trumpeting from the rooftops, in contrast to the ...

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Roselle: an Etruscan-Roman city on the Prile lake

Situated along the road Siena-Grosseto, a few km north of Grosseto, the hill of Roselle contains the most important Etruscan – Roman remains of Tuscany. The river Ombrone characterized the hydro-morphology of this area, in ancient times the rivers were the fundamental lines of communication, and the Ombrone probably was at the time navigable for a long stretch. In the ...

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Etruscan tombs in Castellina in Chianti

In the area around the medieval village of Castellina in Chianti numerous testimonies of the Etruscan era have been found, including some Etruscan tombs. Among the Etruscan tombs found in Castellina in Chianti the most interesting is the Etruscan tumulus of Montecalvario. While the Etruscan necropolis of Poggino is another area where the remains of tombs of various shapes are ...

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Chiusi: an important Etruscan city in the Val di Chiana

Chiusi lies in the extreme south of the Valdichiana on a hill at approximately 400 amsl. it’s a famous city for its Etruscan tombs and its historical center. The city is reached in car from Florence or Rome through the Highway of the Sun (Autostrade del Sole, A1), exit Chiusi-Chianciano Terme, from the exit are 3 km more. The distance ...

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