The Etruscan civilisation existed in pre-Roman Italy in the area roughly corresponding to that of modern Tuscany. The civilisation flourished from around 700 B.C. until it was absorbed into the expanding Roman Empire in the first century B.C. It is known for its individual language and culture, which included an unique style of figurative art seen in ancient frescoes and terracotta statues. The Villa Guilia in Rome is home to the National Etruscan Museum.