Much of what we know about the ancient Etruscans comes from a funerary context—tombs, buried objects, and necropoli or cities of the dead. But at the archeological site at Roselle, in southwestern Tuscany, we can experience a vibrant Etruscan city of the living. For visitors, exploring Roselle offers an unparalleled opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Etruscans.
The archeological park of Roselle sits on a high bank of hills northeast of Grosseto. Naturally defensible and advantageously situated for both agriculture and water access, it’s no surprise that people have inhabited the area since prehistoric times. The Etruscans built defensible walls around two hills in the seventh century BCE, and quickly established a town that flourished in international trade, artisanal industry, and prosperous living.