They lived in the centre of Italy since the 8th century BC and were defeated by the Romans in the first century BC. They created the first civilisation of the country; for the first time in Italy there were people speaking the same language, praying the same gods and sharing the same customs. Their underground tombs were filled with all sorts of objects: refined vases, tools, elegant jewels, articles of daily life. Many of them can be seen in the underground labyrinth of  Santa Maria della Scala Hospital. A visit to the Antiquarium in Murlo is also suggested, which is a lovely hamlet a 35 minutes car drive south of Siena.