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Vulci & the Archaeological Park @ Italian Village Vacation

Guests Impressions

"My husband and I began our honeymoon by staying 5 nights at Casa Verde in Castel Cellesi. We loved the whole experience. The house was perfect for our needs with full kitchen, including cooking utensils, 2 bathrooms ans a bedroom with a beautiful view of the valley. Eddie was very friendly, helpful, informative and accessible. He gave us a map and a full explanation of all the nearby sights worth visiting. With our rental car, we visited Viterbo, Orvieto, La Civita, Bolsena and montefiascone. All towns were unique and interesting. The food and wine were incredible. We would highly recommend Castel Cellesi to anyone looking for a relaxing experience that is a little bit off the beaten path."
Sami B, England - Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple

"In Castel Cellesi I had one of my most beautiful and relaxing vacations. Peace and quiet, beautiful surrounds and great accommodation, really made it."
Julie Robinson, London England

"Thank you for your hospitality and for fulfilling every and all of our wishes. I and my family really enjoyed our vacation. See you next year same date."
Patricia Millar, Cleveland (USA)

"For elderly people like me and my husband this is like a real little paradise. We warmly recommend anyone to come and stay."
Mary McCaib, Toronto (Canada)

"A vacation in Castel Cellesi is an unforgettable experience! I couldn’t get over the friendly locals, and of course the food... Wonderful. Thank you so much."
David Wyse, Sevenoaks England

"Coming from Finland one of the most important considerations for me was good weather and comfortable accommodation. I found this and more in Castel Cellesi. To my surprise I found Finnish spoken in the village! Well done."
Jorma Jyrkilä, Finland

Vulci & the Archaeological Park


Located on the northern border of the region of Montalto di Castro is Vulci, one of the most powerful and famous Etruscan cities. The settlement is located at the centre of a wide flat zone in the heart of Maremma, above a plateau crossed by the river Fiora. Numerous villages sprang up in the aerea, which was already inhabited in the Paleolithic, and their gradual merging gave rise to the big Etruscan city.

The process of formation of the city already appeared in an advanced phase in the second half of the 7th century B.C., when contact between Vulci and the cities of Magna Graecia increased, and the city became the fulcrum for the lines of communication which reached from the coast to the Etruscan centres of the hinterland.

At the start of the 6th century, thanks to these commercial links, Vulci started to reach height of its power, which manifested itself in both the economic and the political field.

Archaeological park of Vulci

The city's importance then became such that traces of its influence could also be found in the political life of Rome in the monopoly era. According to certain Roman stories, Servio Tullio was helped by two Vulci commanders, Aulo and Celio Vibenna to conquer the throne of Roma.

The contemporaneous development of agriculture is also notable; this was made possible by the development of commerce and the introduction of new technologies and tools.

Vulci was in contact with the major ports of the Mediterranean, and the materials recovered from inside its necropolises testify to the quality of the imported objects and those produced, first by Greek immigrant artists and then by local artists, who produced extremely sophisticated artefacts in their workshops; these were widespread throughout the Mediterranean.

Etruscan territory

In 474 B.C., however, the defeat of the Etruscan fleet in the waters of Cuma caused a gradual decrease in traffic and, particularly, in the import of artistic objects.

Although local potters continued to produce Greek imitation ceramics, from that point on the Vulci economy largely turned to agricultural exploitation of the vast territory.

Led by Etruscan League, Vulci tenaciously opposed the Romans, but in 280 B.C. it was defeated by them and annexed to the Sabatina tribe, becoming a Roman municiplaity.

In the centuries that followed, it experienced a slow and inexorable decline. It wascompletely abandoned between the 9th and 10th centuries, following pillages by Saracen pirates.

The Archaeological Naturalistic Park of Vulci

The archaeological Naturalistic Park of Vulci is located in the Communes of Montalto di Castro and Canino, near traditional cultural tourism destinations such as Tarquinia, Tuscania, Sovana, Saturnia.

Vulci area

The uniqueness of the Park derives from the fascinating integration between the pristine Maremma landscape and the notable archaelogical remains.

This close relatonship struck the very first nineteenth century visitors, who portrayed it in numerous testimonials: those spontaneous perspectives are still preserved today in their entirety.

Choosing one of the many itineraries available, you can enter a world that astounded the great travellers of the nineteenth century and revisit intact natural environments.

The Park is unique in that it presents a complete panorama: Etruscan and Roman city, necropolis, virtually unpolluted countryside, and the museum of Vulci finds in "Badia Castle" one of the monuments which most draws the pubblic. Near the Badia Castle a breathtaking bridge from the Middle Ages.

Not to be missed is the François tomb, one of the most famous monuments of Etruscan civilisation, and the “Cuccumella”: a tumulus of impressive dimensions.

We suggest that you follow the paths which penetrate the countryside crossed by the Fiora river, which cuts its way between volcanic rocks before plunging into the clear Pellicone lake, in an exceptionally beautiful landscape.