This tour lasts approximately 9 hours.
Venture into pre-Roman history in the heart of the ancient land of the
Etruscans! This is a great alternative if you've already been to Rome,
and Tarquinia is only a half hour drive from the port of Civitavecchia.
Tarquinia and the Necropolis:
The history of Tarquinia goes back to long before the rise of Rome, when the Etruscans inhabited the central part of Italy. They were a fascinating and advanced culture, and their story can be experienced in Tarquinia’s excellent Etruscan museum containing an impressive collection well-preserved sarcophagi, paintings, tombs, and frescoes from the 6th to 1st centuries B.C.
Outside Tarquinia get a look at the “city of the dead” — one of the largest and most beautifully excavated necropolis in Italy, and comparable to the tombs of the Egyptians.
Ancient history continues in Tuscania, where the Medieval basilica of San Pietro stands on the site of the Etruscan acropolis. Inside the church you will find the old mosaic marble floor, decorated with intricate geometric patterns, and massive columns from the 11th Century with beautiful capitals.
Have lunch at a local trattoria or at Fattoria Valle del Marta, a local farm that produces excellent wine and olive oil, where you can also enjoy a wine tasting for very reasonable cost.
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All tours are private and customizable.
All driver-guides speak English.
Private local guides are available for additional cost.
Food, beverages, entrance fees and gratuities (10%-15% common) are not included.
To enter churches you should have knees and shoulders covered. Sturdy walking shoes are advised; surfaces of streets and sidewalks can be uneven.