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Historical sites

San Gaetano Archeological Area

Strategic port during Etruscan and Roman periods

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During the Etruscan and Roman periods, Vada was the port of Volterra. The ancient port was located in the area of the current Solvay jetty. The sea was the particularly adapted for ships docking and the loading and unloading of goods as the area was protected by an external shoal system. At the beginning of the 5th century AD, a poet sailing from Rome to Whales left a lively description of the port, which was reached by a narrow canal marked with reeds still visible today. To the north of Vada, a port district was found which dates back to the second half of the 1st century AD. The buildings were constructed on the remains of a village of Etruscan huts.

Digs are still taking place in the area, which includes two thermal complexes, a monumental fountain, deposits, a market and the port headquarters. The buildings were adorned with statues, mosaics and frescoes and are visible at the Rosignano Marittimo museum. The area remodeled in the 4th century was on the Mediterranean route until the end of the 6th/beginning of the 7th century. Significant information on the Vada import-export trade can be understood thanks to the amphorae, vases, lamps and coins recovered.
Broad beaches of the whitest sand and a crystal-clear sea
Known for its wide, white beaches of fine sand and for its crystalline sea, Vada is a small town visited by tourists from all over the world. The unique colour (at these latitudes) of the sand is due to the calcareous materials used by the nearby chemical company Solvay, lending this coastline a touch of the tropical. ...