Il Necropolis - The Etruscan City of Tombs

Pitigliano is a town dating back to Etruscan times and the acropolis of the town, that sits high on a majestic plateau, is what most people come here for.

 Pitigliano

Pitigliano

If you take a small hike though, you will stumble upon the acropolis’ sinister counterpart; the necropolis. Much more than a graveyard, Pitigliano’s necropolis is a town for the dead. The Etruscans of millennia ago would bring their loved ones, along with money, weapons, jewellery, vases, and make-up, to their personal tombs in the necropolis in the hopes that they would succeed in reaching the afterlife. Today the necropolis is overgrown with moss and other greenery but you can still see the individual tombs that line the “streets”.

The necropolis is situated between the towns of Pitigliano and Sovana, and officially the necropolis is known as the Necropolis of Sovana. It is connected to both through a system of manmade trenches known as the Cavoni.

 The Cavoni

The Cavoni