The necropolis of the Vallone di San Lorenzo at Montecchio
The necropolis of the Vallone di San Lorenzo, about 5 km from Montecchio, it extends in a place covered by woodlands of elm and by dense junipers. You can leave your car just a few minute walk from the first tombs, near the Saint Lawrence’s Ditch, tributary of the Tiber: a land that during pre – Roman age was occupied by several villages of which, the most important, was being built on the Copio’s hill, overlooking the area.
While you go to the necropolis you can already look white in the distance the old stone of the burials, which contrasts with the green surrounding. You can visit fifty tombs per room, directly carved out into the natural rock, where you can enter through a short dromos, that is an open – air passage.
The tombs show up with single or double rooms in which the second area, often of small size, was exclusively set to depose some grave goods. In the first compartment was deposed the body of the deceased.
Several tombs, unlike the other ones, are carved out in the natural soil and they are outside the main rooms, along the corridors or near the entrances: we are talking about the burial trench, just for children.