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Church of Santa Maria in Castello, Tarquinia

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In ninth and tenth century Corneto (ancient name for modern Tarquinia) was fortified with the construction of surrounding walls in good part still visible today. Corneto then belonged to the Countess Matilda of Tuscany. According to tradition it was she who had built the fortress, which is visible at the end of the road heading south.

Every year, on a weekend of May, a traditional pageant of the medieval Joust of the Quarters is held at the Church of Santa Maria in Castello, in memory of the expulsion of the Moors who haunted the Italian coasts in the tenth century.

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A: Tarquinia, Church Santa Maria di Castello

od Wojciech Sadlej, less than 10 meters away

wikipedia: Tarquinia, formerly Corneto and in Antiquity Tarquinii, is an ancient city in the province...

Tarquinia, Church Santa Maria di Castello

B: Tarquinia - Fortifications

od Wojciech Sadlej, 110 meters away

wikipedia: Tarquinia, formerly Corneto and in Antiquity Tarquinii, is an ancient city in the province...

Tarquinia - Fortifications

C: Tarquinia, Comune

od Adrian Moss, 550 meters away

Trento e Trieste square (comune), Tarquinia, Lazio Italy

Tarquinia, Comune

D: Municipal building and fountain, Tarquinia

od Andrea Ruggirello, 570 meters away

The origins of Tarquinia are shrouded in legend, its history long and rich. A cosmopolitan city as ea...

Municipal building and fountain, Tarquinia

E: Tarquinia, Comune

od Adrian Moss, 590 meters away

Tarquinia, Comune – Piazza Giacomo Matteotti

Tarquinia, Comune

F: Ara della Regina Etruscan Sanctuary, Tarquinia, Italy

od Dab Yob, 4.1 km daleko

A view from the top of Ara della Regina, the largest Etruscan sanctuary. The foundation dates to the ...

Ara della Regina Etruscan Sanctuary, Tarquinia, Italy

G: Stars

od Marco Chiaudano, 9.0 km daleko

Night sky with moving stars

Stars

H: 0380 A 20120722 Civitavecchia Pier

od Mike Weidner - www.panomorph.de, 17.6 km daleko

Die "Mein Schiff 1" am 22.07.2012 in Civitavecchia an der Pier. Civitavecchia bedeutet "Alte Stadt" u...

0380 A 20120722 Civitavecchia Pier

I: glen & stream, Norchia, Italy

od Dab Yob, 18.5 km daleko

One of the many glens / ravines that are typical of this volcanic region of Italy. Hidden behind the ...

glen & stream, Norchia, Italy

J: Tuscania - Torre di Lavello

od Marco Chiaudano, 20.4 km daleko

Tuscania - Torre di Lavello

This panorama was taken in http://www.360cities.net/cs/area/lazio, Italy

This is an overview of Italy

The name "Italy" is shrouded in mystery; some etymologists trace it to a Greek word meaning "the land of young cattle."

Italy was fond of Jupiter and Mars from the very start, Jupiter for fatherly good luck and Mars for war!

But it all began with Rome. Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus who were sons of Rhea and Mars.

The twins were abandoned at birth out of a fear that they would grow up and later overthrow Amelius, usurper of their grandfather's rightful throne.

Wrongful mis-doings most foul! Treachery and sabotage!! HOW would these two blessed infants make their way in such a world?

As it turns out, the twins didn't have to make their way very far, because one of them killed the other one and then they weren't twins anymore. But that happens later.

First they got rescued by a she-wolf who suckled them with her milk and raised them as her own until they were discovered by the shepherd Faustulus.

Faustulus fed them meat and bread and also raised them as his own until they were old enough to return to Amelius and hack him up as planned. They reinstated the grandfather Numitor to his rightful throne and went off to celebrate by starting a town of their own.

They chose a hilly area where the mama wolf had saved them from certain death in the barren wilderness and began scouting locations.

Romulus liked one hill. Remus liked another. The circle of crows like Romulus' hill, so Romulus killed Remus and named the town after himself. Thus Rome was born and Italy with it.

Text by Steve Smith.

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