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There has been human settlement in Italy since Paleolithic times, as is demonstrated by numerous discoveries: Balzi Rossi in Ventimiglia, the caves at Toirano, Grotta Guattari at Circeo.
Prehistoric art is fairly widespread although it varies considerably in importance, type and age.
Among the most ancient objects is the so called Venus of Savignano, dating back to the late Paleolithic period, which was found near Modena and is now held in Rome at the Museo Pigorini.
The coastal areas of southern Italy were colonized by people from Greece.Roman architecture and sculpture have been admired, studied and imitated for centuries.Mosaics are important but examples of painting are much rarer, for the most part limited to the wall paintings found in Rome and Pompeii.Stretches of their megalithic walls often remain (Volterra, Perugia).The necropolises which have been found are evidence of the great importance which the Etruscans attributed to the cult of the dead.
Important traces of the presence of this people have also been found in Emilia-Romagna (Marzabotto) and the Po Valley (Bologna, Spina).