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Settlement of San Giovenale - Blera (VT)

The name of San Giovenale derives from that of the church, now in ruins, built on the plateau of the acropolis.
The discovery of the site is due to the archaeological group of the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome between 1956 and 1965.
The excavations were coordinated directly by the archaeologist King Gustavo Adolfo VI of Sweden assisted in the excavation by hand by Queen and Princesses.
The site was abandoned for unknown reasons towards the fifth century BC. The site was resumed in the Middle Ages, in continuity with the Etruscan settlement, until the plague of 1476.
The visit begins with the remains of a rare Etruscan settlement, called the Borgo by King Gustavo, where the primitive wooden huts and thatched roof of the Villanovians were replaced, towards the seventh century BC, by the first constructions in tuff blocks.
You then go up to the acropolis, dominated by the remains of the castle, perhaps built by Pietro di Vico in the 13th century on top of the remains of a pre-existing 6th century Etruscan fortification.
Nearby is the Church of San Giovenale, of ancient origins, probably built between the sixth and eighth centuries AD. C ..

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