This 4th-century-B.C. necropolis of houselike stone tombs lies about halfway around the north edge of town off Viale Crispi (leading out of Piazza Cahen). On some tombs you can still see Etruscan script, written from right to left, on the door lintels, but the funerary urns and other relics found inside have long since been carted off to museums. What makes this site unique compared to similar necropolises in Etruria is that Etruscan Velzna, at least for a sizable period, apparently practiced some measure of democracy. None of the tombs is larger or otherwise set apart to denote the status of the occupants; rather, the whole affair is laid out in neat rows of uniform measure, indicating that citizens of differing ranks and occupations were interred side by side.
Necropoli Etrusca di Crocifisso del Tufo
Our Rating Neighborhood Viale Crispi (SS71) Hours Daily 8:30am–5:30pm Phone 0763-343-611 Prices Admission 3€ adults, free for children 17 and under Web site Necropoli Etrusca di Crocifisso del Tufo
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