San Giovenale

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For the artpiece, see San Giovenale Triptych. For the church in Orvieto, see Chiesa di San Giovenale (Orvieto).
San Giovenale
Borgo San Giovenale.jpg
The Borgo of San Giovenale, with remains of Etruscan houses and workshops.
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Location Comune di Blera, Italy
Region Lazio
Type Settlement
Abandoned Roman period
Periods Neolithic period - Roman Republic
Cultures Etruscan
Site notes
Excavation dates yes
Archaeologists Swedish Institute at Rome; Eric Berggren
Condition ruined
Public access no
Website San Giovenale (English)

San Giovenale is the modern name of the location of an ancient Etruscan settlement close to the modern village of Blera, Italy. It was excavated by the Swedish Institute at Rome in the 1950s and 1960s with King Gustaf VI Adolf as one of the participating archaeologists.[1] The excavations at San Giovenale has been, together with the excavations of Acquarossa, the main source of information about how small and medium-size Etruscan settlements were organized.[2][3]

The site

The main settlement consists of high plateau split in two parts, normally referred to as the Acropolis and the Borgo.[4] The settlement is surrounded by a number of burial sites.


  1. Eric Berggren; Kristina Berggren (1981). San Giovenale: Excavations in Area B, 1957-1960. Distributor P. Aströms. ISBN 978-91-7042-078-8. 
  2. The Etruscans, Graeme Barker & Tom Rasmussen, page 158
  3. Bertil Hallert; Svenska institutet i Rom; Italy. Soprintendenza alle antichità dell'Etruria meridionale (1981). San Giovenale: Results of excavations conducted by the Swedish institute of classical studies at Rome and the Soprintendenza alle antichità dell'Etruria meridionale. Gleerup. ISBN 978-91-7042-078-8. 
  4. The Etruscans, Graeme Barker & Tom Rasmussen, page 320

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Coordinates: 42°13′28″N 11°59′59″E / 42.22444°N 11.99972°E / 42.22444; 11.99972