The Area Of Archaeological Veii
In the archaeological area in Portonaccio there is one of the sanctuaries of the Etruscan city of Veio, located outside the city walls on a natural shelf overlooking the valley crossed by the Fosso della Mola (a tributary of the ancient Cremera). The sanctuary contains the oldest and most notable example of a Tuscan temple known so far. It was originally decorated with a splendid polychrome terracotta decoration culminating on the top of the roof in a series of larger-than-life statues, including the famous late-archaic group of Apollo and Hercules, faced in the struggle for possession of the horned doe. gold. Next to the temple stood a pool intended for ritual ablutions and, further east, a large altar. From the dedicatory inscriptions and from the acroterial and votive statues we know that Minerva and Apollo must have been venerated in the sanctuary.