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Top 10 Florence and Tuscany by Alexandra Lawrence, Reid Bramblett

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The Southern Coast and Maremma

This is Tuscany’s undiscovered corner, a largely flat area with some low hills capped by crumbling ancient hill towns such as Pitigliano and Sorano. Its overgrown valleys hide Etruscan tombs, altars and sunken roads (for further details see The Vie Cave). This was the heart of Etruria, home to important Etruscan cities and a fertile bread-basket. But the conquering Romans were not so adept at maintaining large-scale drainage and irrigation systems, and this agricultural paradise quickly reverted to malaria-breeding swamp. The population dwindled, the ancient cities crumbled and most Tuscan powers left the Maremma alone. ...

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