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Journey into the Etruscan world: the Vie Cave of Pitigliano

Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana: walking barefoot from these ancient cities you can almost literally immerse yourself in the Etruscan world: the Vie Cave.

The roads and paths radiate like an uneven spider’s web, forming a large millenary infrastructure complex. Suggestive places like very few others in the world. Some trails are green and lush, while others are rocky havens of moss and lichen.” Via Cave” means cave road.

The Etruscans created these stunning communication routes by using hand tools, excavating the tuff rock that abounds in the south of the Tuscan Maremma.

They reach a depth of 30 meters and even more. Some are wide enough to suggest that small wagons could have passed through them. Others, on the other hand, are very narrow and could have been used at most for the transport of people and pack animals.

The vast complex of the Vie Cave in Pitigliano includes both Pagan and Christian sites, including a necropolis.
The Vie Cave represents a perfect destination to combine slow and sustainable tourism with the need for safety in this restart phase from the pandemic.