Vetulonia etruscan City

The history of Vetulonia begins between the X and XI centuries BC then in the final period of the Iron Age and the beginning of the Villanovan period – Etruscan.

Here two distinct groups Villanovan built their huts.
Their shaft tombs and the findings of the Guardia di Poggio, Poggio Birbe, Poggio al Bello, Colle Baroncio and Dupiane Costa testify this.
Compared to the numerous tombs, the findings of the town are very low, although it must be considered that many of the original homes are still buried under the houses inhabited by the current population.

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For the visit to Vetulonia can start with the monumental Etruscan tombs found at the foot of the hill that houses the city, you can be reached along the way of the tombs, a well-marked dirt road. You will immediately find the Tomb of the Belvedere; then the Tomb of Pietrera from which the statue of Pietrera, built in 630 BC It is one of the oldest examples of Etruscan monumental sculpture. Continuing down the road of the tombs will find the Tomb of the diavolino II (remember that the Tomb of Diavolino I was dismantled in 1800 and rebuilt in the garden of the Archaeological Museum of Florence) and finally the Tomb of Gold Fibula. These tombs date back to the VII – VI century. B.C. and during the excavations have unearthed some real treasures: masterpieces of jewelery, oriental vases, tanks, helmets, shin guards, shields, spears, statues, gold and silver coins bearing the ancient name Vatl (Vatluna was the place name Etruscan).

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