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Vulci, Montalto di Castro

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Vulci or Volci was a rich and important Etruscan city (in Etruscan, Velch or Velx, depending on the romanization used).As George Dennis wrote: "Vulci is a city whose very name.... was scarcely remembered, but which now, for the enormous treasures of antiquity it has yielded, is exalted above every other city of the ancient world.."Many impressive remains of the city can be seen today.Vulci 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 Vulci, like other Etruscans, became master sculptors in bronze as acknowledged by ancient writers. Although most large bronzes have been lost, there remain some magnificent examples of Etruscan bronze work such as the Chimera of Arezzo and the Monteleone chariot, possibly made in Vulci.In the 19th century thousands of the ancient tombs of Vulci were discovered, and many were so well-known and spectacular, such as the Tomb of the Sun and Moon, that they were included on the Grand Tour of Europe. From these tombs more Attic vases have been found in the Vulci tombs than at any other ancient site (at least by the 1850s) and many of these masterpieces as well as Etruscan bronzes have found their way into the major museums of the world where they can be seen today.Despite these discoveries most of these tombs were later forgotten and lost.
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  • The archaeological site is far from ordinary routes but definitively worthy of a visit. Remarkable is the Domus with cryptoporticus. A pity that the bike service was not active. Don't go on Monday if....  more
    The archaeological site is far from ordinary routes but definitively worthy of a visit. Remarkable is the Domus with cryptoporticus. A pity that the bike service was not active. Don't go on Monday if....  more »
  • 6. 9. 2018 A beautiful walk in the remains of an ancient Etruscan city. Romantic tour of beautiful nature. The bridge of the castle is under renovation, but we have seen everything. I recommend to... 
    6. 9. 2018 A beautiful walk in the remains of an ancient Etruscan city. Romantic tour of beautiful nature. The bridge of the castle is under renovation, but we have seen everything. I recommend to...  more »
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  • It's an absolutely fantastic place, though some of the protections around the ruins are a bit run down. That said, the park is a must-see for everyone, from history lovers to hikers.
  • Pretty cool place, the bridge is the best part. You can swim in the pond too...

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