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Tuscania

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Tuscania is a town and comune in the province of Viterbo, Lazio Region, Italy. Until the late 19th century the town was known as Toscanella.HistoryAntiquityAccording to the legend, Tuscania was founded by Aeneas' son, Ascanius, where he had found twelve dog pups (whence the Etruscan name Tus-Cana, cana being similar to Latin canis for "dog"). Another legend attributes the foundation to one Tusco, son of Hercules and Araxes.Evidence of human presence in the area dates from the Neolithic age, but probably the city proper was founded in the 7th century BC when the acropolis on St. Peter's Hill was surrounded by a line of walls. Villages existed in the vicinity. In the following years its strategic position gave Tuscania a leading role in the Etruscan world. After the defeat of the coastal cities by the Greeks (4th century BC), Tuscania also became a maritime trade centre through the port of Regas (next to today's Montalto di Castro). There is no record of Tuscania being involved in the battles that led to the Roman conquest of the Etruscan northern Lazio (280 BC), as the city probably entered into the Roman orbit peacefully. The agricultural development and construction of the Via Clodia further boosted the economic situation of the city. It became a municipium in 88 BCE.
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Chiesa di San Pietro
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museo Archeologico di Tuscania
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Parco Torre di Lavello
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Duration: 30 minutes

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Water Body
Lago di Bolsena Bolsena
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Duration: 4 hours
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Garden
Giardino dei Tarocchi Pescia Fiorentina
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Walking Area
Pitigliano Centro Storico Pitigliano
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Hot Spring
Terme di Saturnia - Parco Termale Saturnia
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Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Tuscania

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Santa Maria del Riposo
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Casa Museo Pietro Moschini
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Rosa
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Fountain
Fontana delle sette cannelle
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Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Tuscania

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Cattedrale di San Giacomo
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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