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Vulci, Montalto di Castro

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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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  • Place to visit without fail, rich in history and ancient relics, whilst visiting seems to go back in time and reading the various affixes you know the way of life of the Etruscans, fascinating.
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  • First thing you notice when you approach the site of Vulci is the peace and quite of the surrounding landscape. Very soft and green hills, with some mountain in the back, and some red kite flying over...  read more »
  • For those who love nature and the cultural paths, can not lose the Park of Vulci, offering a long visit among the excavations of Etruscan necropolis, surrounded by a vast green area, where among other things typical Maremma cattle graze. Leaving behind the necropolis, not until I visited the Hall of the House of the cryptoportico, let the path along the river and that will lead to the final stage: the Lake of Pellicone, a true work of nature. The exit is possible, then, to visit the tomb of the Sphinx and conclude the process of with the castle of Vulci and its picturesque ponte della Badia.
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