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Vulci, Montalto di Castro
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Vulci or Volci is an Etruscan city (in Etruscan, Velch or Velx, depending on the romanization used) in the Province of Viterbo, north to Rome, Italy.The Vulci were a tribe or people as well as a city. They were one of the legendary twelve peoples of Etruscan civilization, who formed into the Etruscan League, a confederacy of self-interest. This league splintered apart when opposed by the central government of the Roman Republic, and the Etruscans were soon assimilated. Vulci was abandoned.GeographyVelch was located near the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea about 80 km northwest of Rome, on the Fiora River, between Montalto di Castro and Canino. The site is not currently inhabited. The cemeteries and ruins of the city remain.The circuit of the walls measures about 6.5 km, and scanty traces of them and of Roman buildings within them still exist. The Ponte della Badia over the Fiora, a bridge with a main arch of 20 m span, 30 m above the stream, is also Roman. An aqueduct passes over it.The former wealth of the town is mainly proved by the discoveries made in its extensive necropolis from 1828 onwards - Greek vases, bronzes and other remains - many of which are now in the Vatican. By 1856 over 15,000 tombs had, it was calculated, been opened. These were entirely subterranean, and little is now to be seen on the site but a great tumulus, the Cuccumella, and a few smaller ones. Many of the tombs date from the 8th century BC.
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  • Beautiful walk to the castle of Vulci, whose present appearance dates back to the 12th century, and it has a trapezoidal shape and dominate the left bank of the river Flora. The wall consists of four towers semi-elliptical springs. The Castle dell'abbadia has very ancient origins: about 30 meters was erected to shelter of a striking bridge (Rainbow Bridge) in the 3rd century. b.c., built by the Romans on pre-existing Etruscan Foundation. It was originally a Benedictine Abbey (hence the name) dedicated to Saint Mamiliano. Today it houses an important national museum
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  • Exceptional archaeological finds still entered the territory in close contact with nature, could improve the signage.
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  • We were in the Archaeological Park for €8 per person. Ran 2 1/2 hours over green meadows and have visited a few sites... Many stones that can be signs for only English and Italian are no interest quickly. Conclusion: We would the Park no longer visit, but the really great ravines and tombs of the Etruscans in the area and with free admission. Go for the money of dear tasty food!
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