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Map: Northern Italy is marked off from mainland Europe by the Alps.
The Etruscans, who lived in Etruria, were known as Tyrrhenians by the Greeks. They were at their height in Italy from the 8th to the 5th century B.C. Herodotus (c. 450 B.C.) reports, as a theory of their origin, that the Etruscans came from Asia Minor. Recent work on DNA in cattle suggests Herodotus may have been right, although some still consider them indigenous to the Italic peninsula.

A Place Called Etruria

It’s a journey to the ancient cities of Volterra, Populonia and Cerveteri to see why Etruscans were so extravagant with their wealth and how they lost it all.