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HISTORY OF ITALY >> Pre-Roman Italy >> Etruscans Settlements in Italy

Etruscans Settlements in Italy

The Etruscans established Etruria in Tuscany and there are many remaining structures and tombs from this period. They were an advanced Civilisation skilled in the art of , iron wares, beautiful pottery and jewelry making and had sociological structures that worked well in their favour.
Evidence of the Etruscan settlements by the sea, in Tuscany can be seen at the Baratti-Populonia Archaeological Park, with the museum full of Etruscan, Roman and Villanovan artefacts, such as those at Rosignano Marittimo, Cecina and Piombino, with exhibitions and shows of international significance on the Etruscan history of these places on the Costa degli Etruschi (the coast of the Etruscans), Tuscany.

The San Silvestro Archaeo-mineral Park at Campiglia Marittima is a real open-air museum where organized routes allow visitors to follow the various stages of metalworking in Etruscan and medieval times.
Its position on the coast made Rosignano, Tuscany and the surrounding area a busy crossroads and trading centre in ancient times. The Etruscans, a fascinating, cultured people which once inhabited this coast, left many traces of their civilisation here.

The Etruscan necropoli found in Castiglioncello, Rosignano Solvay and Vada are proof of the size and importance of their settlements in this area, reminders of which are on display at the Palazzo Bombardieri Museum in Rosignano Marittimo.

Ancient civilisations alternated on this land, as it is witnessed by the excavations at S. Gaetano (Vada) which brought to light the remains of a large harbour built in the 2nd half of the 1st century AD, as well as baths and a market.
Populonia was an Etruscan city, famous in the ancient world for working and trading in iron. The village, situated on top of a hill and surrounded by the sea, has a fascination all its own. Inside medieval walls built to defend against pirate attacks, and a fortress which dates to the beginning of the XV century, are paved streets, little shops and a private museum of Etruscan and Roman artefacts found in the surrounding area and the sea.

A panoramic road offering wonderful views connects Populonia with the Gulf of Baratti where there are numerous reminders of Etruscan times. The 80 hectare archaeological park, which can be visited along organised routes, combines history and archaeology in a beautiful, unspoilt natural setting. The San Cerbone monumental necropolis, the only one built near the sea, the remains of metalworking sites, the Cave necropolis and ancient stone quarries are of great interest.

Another Archaeological park in Tuscany is the Archaeological Area and Museum of Fiesole in which there are many Etruscan wares to be seen as well as Roman relics.

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