"The best of Etrusca" Top 5 Page for this destination Italy Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

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by iandsmith

For the best of Etruscan outdoors remains, you must go to Sovana. The staggering amount of tombs, roadways and relics is worthy of your time. This picture shows a part of the via Cava, an ancient roadway cut into the tufa and dotted with tombs. For all the details see my Sovana pages.
This not only gives you an idea of their burial sites (though Tarquinia offers much better) but also gives you an insight into daily life.
At times the Via Cava, cut by hand thousands of years ago, is as deep as 80 feet or around 25 metres. The tufa fortunately hardens on exposure to the atmosphere so there's little wear after the construction.

Directions: Southern Tuscany

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  • Updated Apr 11, 2011
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