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Volterra crag crumbles

Spur over rain-damaged Etruscan walls comes down

03 March, 18:54
Volterra crag crumbles (ANSA) - Volterra, March 3 - A rocky outcrop hanging over the rain-damaged walls in the ancient city of Volterra in central Tuscany came down Monday but no one was hurt.

The crag fell amid ongoing work to secure the area.

Torrential rain last month brought down a part of the famed city's 3rd-century BC Etruscan walls.

A hole also opened up just outside the walls, and another in the historic centre.

The city, which boasts Roman, medieval and Medici treasures as well as signs of its Etruscan roots, has inspired writers including Stendhal, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Linda Proud and Jhumpa Lahiri.

In Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, Volterra is home to the Volturi, a coven of rich, powerful regal, ancient vampires.

The movie, however, was shot in nearby Montepulciano.