Archaeological area of Vetulonia

The archaeological area of Vetulonia is located in the homonymous city. Vetulonia is an important center in the south of the Tuscan Maremma which has very ancient origins. Only thanks to the nineteenth-century excavations of Isidoro Falchi, it was possible to reconstruct the millennial history of the city. The first settlements of the city date back to the 9th century BC, where the tombs were built in the street that is now known as Via dei Sepolcri. On the sides of the road there are two tombs of Etruscan origin: the tomb of the Pietrera and the tomb of the Diavolino. The structure of the tombs is circular with a long access corridor and a fake dome that dominates the central environment. The building and urban developments highlight the Roman conquest of the city. The archaeological area consists of the remains of buildings that overlook the paved street, the main decumanus. From the minor streets it is possible to access the stately homes such as the domus. In the center of Vetulonia there is also the Costia dei Lippi, as well as the most populated and lively area of the ancient city with sidewalks and channels for the outflow of rainwater. According to the ancient writings of Silio Italico, the symbols of Rome's power come from Vetulonia: the fasces, the curule chair, the war bucina and the toga.

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