September trip to Italy, just North of Rome, the Bel Paese. A chance to encounter the Etruscans.
Gazing across the terra cotta rooftops, already I breath deeply, glad to be here. The Etruscans were based in this region. Who and when were the Etruscans ? I learn that Rome in the early days was deeply influenced by this older, more hidden civilisation. The Romans arrived when the Etruscans had been around for two centuries.
I am interested to encounter the influence of the most civilised Etruscans on Roman then Italian culture.
How about this, happening now in the town of Viterbo where I’m staying. Many men carry the tower once a year through the town. They apply for the honour to be bearers. Each they add to its height so it grows even taller. The community celebrates one of their patron saints and her miracle. She is part of their collective identity Is there a link to the Etruscans ? Not directly. I find it fascinating to witness the commitment shown towards Santa Rosa.