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A Stroll through History

Across the Etruscan plain into Tuscany
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • moderate walking with plenty of time for cultural visits
  • stay next to Italy's largest volcanic lake
  • learn about the mysterious Etruscans

Between the River Tiber, which flows to the Mediterranean via Rome, and the River Arno, stretches a little-visited landscape characterised by rolling farmland, volcanic lakes, ancient woodland, olive groves and outcrops of porous tufa stone. It was here that the mysterious Etruscans, a powerful pre-Roman civilisation which revered its dead, settled in the 9th century BC.

It was here that the enigmatic Etruscans settled in the 9th century BC, leaving their mark on the land in the form of necropolises hewn from the rock, walled towns and sunken lanes.
In building a series of walled cities and carving ravine-like sunken ‘roads’ and necropolises into the stone, they left numerous reminders of their presence which remain to this day. Our truly fascinating walk leads from Umbria, across Lazio and into Tuscany, revealing a little-known corner of Italy steeped in history and allowing plenty of time to admire some of the many marks the Etruscans left on the land.

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