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"The towns of Pitigliano, Sorano, Manciano, and Civita di Bagnoregio lie balanced on the crests of steep Italian hills, built into the tufa (or tuff) bedrock, a soft stone formed from volcanic ash. In the 6th century BC, Etruscans settlements were arrayed along these hilltops, providing ample defense positions above highly arable land."World Monuments Fund

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