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June 14, 2011 / TAB

Roselle

Roselle

Perched on two hills, the ancient town of Roselle was an important Etruscan settlement as early as the 7th century BC. It’s position was important for defense and also as a port city on Lake Prile, a lagoon which connected to the sea. In the 3rd century BC, the city and its people were conquered by the Roman and 1000’s of its people were killed defending the walls. In the 1st century AD, the city underwent an intense building phase and many of the ruins found today are layered over the Etruscan foundation. The city was gradually abandoned when the Pope ordered the diocese moved to Grosseto.

 

Outside the main road to the excavations, you can find small tombs hidden in the hills.

 

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