In the word "Tuscan" you can hear echoes of the word "Etruscan", the ancient civilization that once lived here. Until September 2011 an inter-regional project called Terre degli Etruschi sees the collaboration of Tuscany with neighbouring Lazio and Umbria to highlight itineraries and museums that will help you discover the Etruscan heritage of this part of Italy.
Eighteen Tuscan museums are participating in the "Tuscany: Land of Etruria" project. The two major ones are The Museo Archaeologico of Florence and the Museo Archaeologico of Grosseto. Smaller ones are in Fiesole, Artimino, Cortona, Siena, Chianciano Terme, Castellina in Chianti, Vetulonia, Scansano, Chiusi, Pitigliano, Piombino, Rosignano Marittimo, Cecina, Pietrasanta, Volterra, Sorano and Massa Marittima.
Multimedia stations will be located inside these museums that will be dedicated entirely to the Etruscans in Tuscany: videos and programs have been developed to showcase the region's Etruscan settlements and the people who lived and died there (for as you know, their funerary practises and resulting tombs were just about as important as their daily life!).
Some special exhibits will also be organized in conjunction with the event. In Tuscany the most important will be at Cortona's MAEC.