At the day we were visiting Calcata, I also had the chance to see some of the main sites of the Treja Valley Park and get some fresh air after the musty odour, flocks of pigeons and hippie shops of Calcata. Our Italian contact Orlando was driving me around and also explaining the sites so I could get some insights to the park and archeological sites of Faliscan origin in its area.
The first one of the archaeological sites we visited was the temple site of Monte Li Sante. The site actually consists of both sacred and secular functions, but only the sacred part has been excavated. First thing you see, is the massive steel roof structure that is protecting the excavated site from the elements. I wonder if it’s slightly too heavy for the eye and if a wooden structure would have been more pleasant, but apparently the structure needs to be sturdy in case of seismic vibrations. The site itself is very nice and it was surprising to hear that some people come there to do some sort of pagan worshipping as can be seen from some small stones being moved around so it has some relevance as a present cult site also.
The second site that I had the possibility to visit was the excavated necropolis of Cavone Monte Li Sante. The consisted of three tombs and a quarry beside it where some stone material had been taken to build the tombs. The place used for cremating the bodies can also be seen. There are many tombs in the area beside the excavated ones, but sadly all the valuables have been looted from them.
The nature on the Treja Valley park is very nice, but poor road maintenance, vegetation blocking all the nice views and confusing signs take some edge from it. I also got to visit the Monte Gelato and saw three different info signs from different times when the older ones could have simply been removed!?! With some service design and small interventions the Treja Valley Park could be reached more easily which would allow more people to enjoy the natural park and it’s beautiful sites and also hope this is what the future will bring.