The Etruscan Necropolis

July 21, 2008 / Local Interest
Norchia
This is one of the most spectacular of rocky Etruscan necropoli in the whole of Etruria. The originally Bronze age settlement, subsequently known as Orcla, grew with the arrival of the Etruscans, reaching its high point between the 4th and 2nd centuries B.C.

It’s a short but quite steep walk down to the canyon, where cave sites and ancient tombs can be found and explored. Not visited often, this site is an amazing, if not eerie one.

Situated on a long and narrow tufa plain, the tombs themselves are in terraces on the slopes facing the urban settlement. Those at the highest levels have detailed moldings, called dados, carved from the stone. Also a Finta Porta (fake door) can be found sculpted above plain doors or porches that have been dug out . . . thought to be access to another world.

Evanne Brandon-Diner

by Evanne Brandon-Diner

Chronicler of local village life in Northern Lazio, and property restoration and purchasing consultant. www.lavventuraitalia.com

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