Castiglione della Pescaia

The archeological area of Vetulonia

An itinerary to discover the digs of the ancient necropolis

Castiglione della Pescaia
Vetulonia is one of the twelve most important Etruscan cities in Italy. It was discovered in the 1800s during archeological research, conducted by Isidoro Falchi. The artifacts discovered are evidence of the importance of this Etruscan centre, which lived and worked by mining the natural resources present in the area. The city became very powerful in the 7th century BC, and in the following century, it built a fortified wall around it to protect it from foreign and outside attack. The decline of the city began in second half of the 1st century AD.

The necropolis in Vetulonia is one of the largest that exists to date. Surrounded by olive trees and Mediterranean scrub, the ancient necropolis extends along the western side, until reaching the underlying plain. Along a pathway, visitors encounter the Tomb of Belvedere, a crypt located at a panoramic point that dates back to the 7th century BC. Other noteworthy tombs along the itinerary are: the tomb of the Little Devil, which measures 80 meters in size, and the tomb of the golden Fubula (in Italian: Fubula d’oro). Other tombs located in Vetulonia are the Poggio alla Guardia, Poggio alle Birbe, Poggio al Bello, Colle Broncio and Costa delle Dupiane. Visitors can also view the remains of several Etruscan-Roman homes and the fortified wall of the ancient town. It is also recommended that visitors first enter the archeological site at the entrance of the town, and visit the Costa dei Lippi and Costa Murata cemeteries.
Opening hours:
Every day, from October to March, from 8am – 5pm; every day from April to September, from 10am to 7pm.
Closed December 13, May 1, and December 25.

Price: Free

Disabled access: Partial, only the tomb of the Picture

Castiglione della Pescaia
Beach life and a character-rich town surrounded by unique attractions
Between the blue of the sea and the green of the hills lies Castiglione della Pescaia. The town, a renowned seaside resort, is known for its beautiful beaches and extensive pine groves that stretch as far as Marina di Grosseto, ending in the charming Pineta del Tombolo. ...