The traces of mankind go
way back when in the Maremma: there are
Protovillanovian traces near Canino and
Blera, Etruscan settlements in Barbarano
Romano, Castel d'Asso, Norchia, Tuscania,
Tarquinia, Vulci and many other minor towns
in the area.
After the Romans, the majority of the towns
fell under the domain of the Barbarians
and Longobards, re-emerging as the Mediaeval
towns we can still see today. The Churches
of San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore (11th
Century) in Tuscania and Santa Maria in
Castello (1121) in Tarquinia are good examples.
During the Renaissance the towns of Tarquinia
and Tuscania benefitted the most, as testified
by the Palazzo Vitelleschi, now home of
the National Etruscan Museum in Tarquinia,
the Cathedral of San Giacomo in Tuscania
and the church of Sant'Egidio in Cellere.
Good examples of the Baroque style can be
seen in the aristocratic residence of Rocca
Respampani (1600) near Monte Romano and
the Chiesa Collegiata in Canino.