The Vie Cave, The Ancient Paths of Etruscan People Carved Into The Rocks

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Last Updated on 2023/01/04

Vie Cave: An impressive Etruscan road network, vertically carved into the tuff (sometimes 6 meters high), links Pitigliano, Sovana, and Sorano, in Maremma, Tuscany.

The Etrurians were an ancient civilization that existed in central Italy, in an area known as Etruria, and created a federation of city-states with a shared language and culture. They were eventually assimilated by the Romans. The Etrurians are well-known for their sophisticated civilization and great cultural achievements.

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Originally, Vie Cave (in English excavated roads) linked the Etruscan necropolis and settlements.

Later Vie Cave or Cavoni, became part of the Roman road system connecting the area to Via Clodia in Lazio.

During the middle ages, sacred images were placed along the way to ward off evil spirits.

The Vie Cave is today an ideal habitat for various species of ferns, such as Scolopendrium Vulgare and Adiantum Capillus Veneris.

Images of the Vie Cave in Tuscany, Italy

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