Vulci was one of the greatest
Etruscan city-states, in an area that had
been intensely populated during the Palaeolithic
Age. Small villages already existed in the
Bronze Age and as these grew they formed
what was to become the city of Vulci.
By the end of the 6th Century B.C. the city's
dominion reached inland to the Lake Bolsena
area, to Grosseto and Monte Amiata in the
North and Cerveteri in the South. Such was
its importance politically, that Vulci even
influenced the decisions of the kings down
However, the defeat of the Etruscan fleet
off Cumae in 474 B.C. led to a gradual decline
in trade. Vulci was defeated by the Romans
in 280 B.C. and annexed to the Sabatine
tribe, thus becoming a Roman municipium.
A bishopric in the 4th Century A.D., Vulci
was finally abandoned at the beginning of
the 10th Century following repeated invasions
by the Saracens.
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