Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Etruscan Tombs Near Sutri

From Tivoli we headed north into Umbria. In this region and in Tuscany one sees Etruscan things, mostly tombs dug into the volcanic tufa that is everywhere. We stopped at a conveniently located complex near the small town of Sutri for a look.
Thus















And thus; throughout the region, over the centuries, the locals
have generally used these for storage units, farm implements,
broken down vehicles, placing garage doors into them
















A bonus at Sutri is this first century amphitheater built well
after the Romans took over; what is remarkable is that it is
entirely dug out of the tufa, rather than built up from it
















Contemporary Sutri from the amfiteatro















Meanwhile, more tombs; the Etruscans did some fine filigree,
but apart from building tombs, I don't think they did much
else
















RV-sized tomb

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