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Vetulonia Medieval village

Vetulonia, a picturesque medieval town that dominates the Grosseto flatlands, lies just a few kilometres from Castiglione della Pescaia.

The acropolis of the ancient Etruscan city from which Vetulonia derives its name and a number of archaeological finds were uncovered here.

On entering the town, visitors will find a small museum that exhibits various Villanovan Etruscan, Roman and Hellenistic artefacts, while the remains of the ancient polygonal walls dating to the 6th and 5th centuries B.C., from which visitors can enjoy the wonderful panorama, can be found near the church of St. Simon.

Continuing along the lower part of the town for a couple of kilometres, visitors will reach the necropolis and its main tomb, the burial mound of Pietrera, which is reminiscent of the domed Mycenaean tombs.

A few hundred metres further on is the Diavolino burial mound, regarded as one of the finest examples of Etruscan funerary architecture.

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