ON THE WAY OF THE ETRUSCANS, BETWEEN HISTORY AND TASTE, THINKING ABOUT THE EXPO Four itineraries through Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany in the territories of the ancient people of Etruria

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Four itineraries between Etruscan archeology and taste will be presented at the end of May at the EXPO – the universal exhibition dedicated to food hosted by Milan until October 31st – in the Italian Pavilion. For the occasion a 3D video realized by Cineca will be presented, starring the Etruscan Princess Ati who will ideally guide the tourists from Milan to those places where the historical signs of the Etruscan presence are still evident, in Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany.

A true “Experience Etruria” from Chiusi to Tarquinia, discovering the underground city. And then to Bolsena, with its “lake that can be drunk”; Orvieto, which the Greeks called Oinarea, “where the wine flows”; Cerveteri and Vulci, with their thousand-year-old mysteries still alive in the necropolis. “The project brought together, for the first time, 17 municipalities, with Orvieto and Viterbo as leaders”, says Alfonsina Russo, the southern Etruria’s superintendent – an important collaboration that we hope will be just the beginning of a valorising process”.

Ati is also the “mistress of the house” in the multimedia platform (www.experienceetruria.it), where it is possible to find all the information and a special road map, with the four itineraries. It is a sort of treasure map, necessary to find the ingredients for a dinner organized for the Universal Exhibition, inspired by the banquet represented in one of the most famous masterpieces of Etruscan art: the Tomb of the Reliefs located in the Banditaccia necropolis in Cerveteri.

Not only archeology, though, because every trip is also a sensory experience linked to local products. You can choose to follow the “Roads of the water”, from Chiusi to Tarquinia, via Viterbo and Tuscania; from Grosseto to Bolsena, via Orbetello and Manciano; and from Orvieto to Veio, via Civita Castellana. Or you can choose the “Roads of wine and salt”: from Cerveteri to Tarquinia, via Santa Severa and the ancient Pyrgi; from Grosseto to Chiusi, via Sorano with the City of tuff.

And yet the “Roads of oil and wheat”, from Montalto di Castro to Orvieto. And the “Roads of the Woods”, from Viterbo to Orvieto, through the rocky tombs of Norchia, the Devil’s Bridge in Blera and the sacred Monti Cimini. A calendar of exhibitions has also been provided (until October 31st) “designed to value especially the original materials” says Russo, from ” Nectar and ambrosia. The food of the gods”at Villa Giulia in Rome, “Here is the fire of Bacchus” in Cerveteri. And then ” The sea transformed into gold. Heracles and salt” in Tarquinia and “Raised kantharoi. The Etruscans of the stone face” in Viterbo. “The project – she added – is open: we have proposals even from Etruria of Campania”.

“Over the years – explained the mayors of Orvieto and Viterbo, Giuseppe Germani and Leonardo Michelini, and the assessor for Tourism of Grosseto, Luca Ceccarelli – the problem was to make the tourists stay in our municipalities for more than one day. This project shows the world that there are many things to do and see here. We are joining forces to create a new tourist destination: the ancient Etruria”. The Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Dario Franceschini added – “All along we say that the challenge is to make the Expo visitors continue their trip throughout Italy, not only in the capitals of art, but to make them discover our great air museum. A Chinese tourist, once here, does not care about the distance from one municipality to another. On your own it is difficult, but all together we are a world power.”

Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo

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