Veii: Rome’s ancient Etruscan rival, now is a park full of ruins.

We are only 17 km northwest of the Eternal City where are the ruins of the rival that almost snuffed out early Roman civilization, long before Caesar or Augustus were born. The great Etruscan city-state of Veii, the big trading power on the Tiber River for centuries, now consists only of suggestive broken walls, grave-mounds, and rock-cut tombs painted with ancient frescoes. Veii stands on a volcanic plateau between two streams, at the junction of which stands the “arx” or Etruscan citadel, now call in italian language “Piazza d’Armi” (“military…

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