The Etruscans

The Etruscans lived in what is today the province of Tuscany, a part of the world that seems to have been forgotten in the rush to industrialize.

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The Romans called these springs Saturnia.  The story goes that these springs were created by a thunderbolt hurled to the earth by Saturn.

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The Etruscans were the Iron Age inhabitants of Italy.  They are a mysterious group whose artwork and architecture displays influence from both the Orient and Egypt.  Their city walls look quite similar to those of cities in the Israel from this time period.

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Many Etruscan tombs have been found in the hills around Pitigliano. The Etruscans cut long, deep roads through the hills that led to the valley where the necropolis (city of the dead) was located. It must have been a massive undertaking.  These roads recall to mind the long entrance ways found in Egyptian tombs that served as a pathway for the spirits of the deceased.

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