A visit to Vetulonia, an Etruscan metropolis, and its museum happened since father found a family discount online for that day. I’m sure they didn’t mean bestia by it but welcomed him anyway. And the kid was a bit grown.
I’m really bad at history. Really really bad. So bad that when I had to pass the “International Relations” exam during my journalism studies, first I had to get my dates down on a sheet of paper – wars, treaties, and the like – and learned them by heart as if for the first time. Museums also remind me of forced school visits too much, that’s why I’m not so eager to spend time in them.
I found this museum – Isidoro Falchi Civic Archeological Museum – small but illustrative and well-stocked. Vetulonia is a rather recently discovered site where supposedly a mega metropolis of the Etruscans once stood.
But this will not be a history lesson. Kindly visit yourselves and pack as many dogs as you wish.
Living here, however, in the heart of the Etruscans, my thirst for history is slowly being awakened. There is a certain sense of ancient well-being in the air, as well as memories of highly turbulent times. It makes me wish to delve into Etruscan mysteries.
Not only because father, and quite a few of Slovenian scholars, suspect that Slovenians may be direct descendants of the Etruscans. Even their language sounds so familiar. Vetulonia, for example, used to be called Vatluna, which is not so far from Slovenian ‘votlina’, meaning ‘cave’ or ‘cavity’.
Today let’s have a look at the museum on the inside and leave its surroundings and tombs for the next time.
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