With Italy’s long history, it’s no wonder that so many people come to explore the country’s vast artistic and cultural heritage. While most people might associate the Romans with ancient civilizations that stemmed from the boot, 500 years before them were the people called ‘Etruscans,’ one of the first inhabitants who left their local mark in Tuscany, western Umbria, and northern Lazio from 5th century BCE . They are a mysterious lot, not a lot of info has been recovered on the real details of how they came to be, however as recently as 30 years ago, there have been increasingly more sites that have been discovered and help shed light on these interesting people.
Known for loving food, wine, dancing and more — there are plenty of places around the region to have a look at the archaeological remains of this ancient culture.
Close to Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort is the Etruscan settlement of Poggia Colla where a huge discovery dating back 2,600 years was found, an image depicting a woman in childbirth.
Also in the Mugello valley is an archaeological site called ‘Frascole’ nearby to Dicomano, where important Etruscan remains have been discovered. Discover how to visit and hours opened via Discover Tuscany.
Regarding Etruscan roads, one of the best preserved examples of the tunnel/alleys they created can be seen in Sovana, a place with plenty of interesting relics and tombs (best visited on horseback), make sure to stop by Ildebranda’s Tomb.
One of the most important Etruscan sites is the ancient town of Populonia with 3,000 year old tombs next to the Mediterranean sea. It was known to have been a major hub of metalworking
Chiusi is one of the best places to delve into Etruscan artifacts, they have a significant museum on Via Porsenna with a treasure trove of items including ceramics, terracotta urns and vasis. Outside the town you can discover the ‘tomb of the Monkey’ with ancient frescoes were having a look.
The town of Cortona, yes the place mentioned in ‘Under the Tuscan Sun,’ is home to the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca where one can view ancient artifacts.
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