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Etruscan Things

Pauline Kenny

The Etruscans lived in Italy before the Roman Empire. I am not going to give a history lesson here - because I don't know the history! But I do like to hunt out Etruscan things in Italy. They are similar to the ancient stone circles you find in England and the dolmans you find in Ireland. You will find Etruscan burial grounds and other remnants all over Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. My very favorite is the Etruscan Walkways near Pitigliano.

Etruscan Regions

This is a list of Etruscan sights grouped by region taken from the book "Italia Etrusca - Guida Completa" (see resources below). The book is in Italian and I have just listed the regions and towns described in the book. Use this as a guide to help you locate Etruscan things - use your guidebook for more details. This list is just to orient you to wear you can find Etruscan things.

1. Etruria Meridionale - Rome and nearby Lazio

  • Rome - Il Museo di Villa Giulia, I Musei Vaticani, Vip etruschi a Roma, L'Etruria Campana
  • Veio
  • Cere
  • Pyrgi - Santa Severa
  • Monti della Tolfa

2. Tuscia - Northern Lazio

  • Civita Castellana - Falerii Novi, Civita, dagli Etruschi al Medioevo
  • S. Giuliano
  • Blera
  • S. Giovenale
  • Norchia
  • Tarquinia
  • Vulci - Ischia di Castro
  • Tuscania
  • Castel d'Asso
  • Viterbo
  • Acquarossa - Ferento romana, I mostri di Bomarzo (Monster Park)

3. Etruria Interna - Umbria

  • Orvieto - Volsini Novii
  • Todi
  • Perugia
  • Chiusi e Chianciano - Il lago di Chiusi, Le terme di Chianciano
  • Cortona
  • Arezzo

4. Etruria Settentrionale - Tuscany near Florence

  • Florence
  • Artimino
  • Fiesole
  • Marzabotto - L'Etruria Padana
  • Castellina in Chianti
  • Colle Val d'Elsa
  • Siena
  • Murlo - Montalcino, Sant'Antimo

5. Etruria Tirrenica e Insulare - Western Tuscany

  • Volterra
  • Cecina - Il Parco Archeologico di Cecina, I Parchi della Val di Cornia
  • Populonia
  • Isola d'Elba

6. Maremma Toscana - Southern Tuscany

  • Massa Marittima
  • Lago dell'Accesa
  • Vetulonia
  • Grosseto
  • Roselle
  • Talamone
  • Orbetello - Cosa
  • Marsiliana d'Albegna - Manciano
  • Saturnia
  • Sovana
  • Sorano e Vitozza - Pitigliano
  • Poggio Buco

Resources

Books

Affreschi - Exploring Etruria by Mary Jane Cryan and Norman M. Roberson, Davide Ghaleb Editore/Etruria Editions, 2001.
Essays about the northern Lazio area, contains travel essays, photos, drawings and maps. Available at shops in Rome and northern Lazio or by mail order from www.elegantetruria.com.

Northern Lazio: An Unknown Italy, Wayland Kennet and Elizabeth Young, 1990.
Detailed guide to Lazio. Out of print.

The Hilltop Towns of the Fiora Valley: A Guide to the Etruscan and Medieval Centers of the Maremman Hills
A very good book with details about the local sites and how to find them. Available at stores in the area.

Italia Etrusca - Guida Completa, 2000 Giunti Gruppo Editoriale, Firenze.
You can find this book, in Italian, in Italy.

Websites

www.beniculturali.it: Site in Italian about Etruscan sights.

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