An Etruscan walk

Following a week that included two days of snow that settled even on the roads within the city, Sunday was the first really warm spring day.

We joined Archeotuscia for a guided walk at Norchia.  The Etruscan tombs here are craved into the toffa rock.  We were able to walk on the steps carved into the cliffs by the Etruscans during the 4th to the 2nd centuries BC.  On the other side of the valley to the Necropolis we visited the site of the Etruscan town which it is believed had a population over over 1000 inhabitants and saw the remains of Roman – medieval settlement including the old consular road the Via Clodia.

Along the way it was a real pleasure to see so many wild flowers,  click on the photo to see all the flowers.

5 thoughts on “An Etruscan walk

  1. I love your photo of the Etruscan site- burials on one side , the town on the other. We have had sun here , with violets and primroses coming out, and at last some daffodils, but the wind is still very cold when it blows!

    • You can just about see where there were covered spaces for the ceremonies that took place when someone died and the flat-topped area where it is thought celebrations took place to remember the dead. In some places athletic games took place and in others plays were performed. The very first theatre in Italy was assoiciated with an Etruscan burial site.

  2. Your pictures of wild flowers are sooo beautiful!
    They reminded me of the first time we met, when you handed me the list of the wild flowers you had observed in your walks in the countryside around Viterbo.
    I keep it in my gardening notes as a precious gift.

    • Thank you, I think Etruscan sites are wonderful places for wild flowers as they are usually away from agriculture and so there are no herbicides to destroy them. I intend walking more this year and photographing and trying to identify everything I find.

  3. By purpose or intention, there are is remarkable storyline in your snaps and narrative. Thank you for the context and history to your Garden. And thank you for your gardening inspiration. So strong, it holds a theme around which your knowledge of your community and place revolves. — The Healing Garden gardener

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