General

This excursion is especially designed for those who want to explore the history of the rustic, central Italy ‘s countryside, on a day through the highlights of the Etruscan villages: Tarquinia, Ceri & Cerveteri.

Your English-speaking tour driver will welcome you at your ship’s pier in Civitavecchia at around 8.00am (suggested time). After a pleasant 30 minutes drive you will reach Tarquinia, a lovely etruscan and medieval town just north of Civitavecchia.

Tarquinia is situated on a small hill, overlooking the beautiful natural landscape of the Alta Tuscia below and immersed amongst the enchanting valleys of the Marta River and the extraordinary territory of Bassa Maremma. Here you will find the greatest Etruscan museum in the world, with well-preserved sarcophagi, paintings, tombs, frescoes from the 6th to 1st centuries B.C. and the largest Etruscan necropolis. After your tour driver has introduced to you the history of this interesting town, you can enjoy an easy and relaxing walk along the streets of the town and visit the Etruscan Museum with his world famous “Winged Horse” and other important artifacts. Tarquinia is custodian of an incredible number of treasures, including very old constructions, ancient palazzi and historic churches; all of which serve as an extraordinary testimony to the past of this town.

A visit of the Tarquinia’s Archeological Museum and the necropolis of Tarquinia is a must for archaeology lovers. The museum has one of Italy’s best collections of Etruscan finds, including a fabulous group of terra-cotta winged horses from the 4th century BC. You’ll also see Etruscan sarcophagi and statues. The necropolis of Tarquinia, also known as Monterozzi, contains 6,000 graves cut in the rock.
It is famous for its 200 painted tombs, the earliest of which date from the 7th century BC.

From Tarquinia we’ll retrace our steps to Ceri, a castle-city also founded by the Etruscans still very well preserved and really fascinating. There your tour driver can recommend a great local restaurant where we could have a traditional lunch, and besides enjoying the food we can go down to the cellar to taste some of the local wines.

After lunch you can spend some time to stroll around Borgo di Ceri where you will admire monument such as the Romanesque Church of the Madonna di Ceri venerated the cult of goddess of Vesta.

Then we will continue to Cerveteri where you can visit the necropolis of Cerveteri, often referred to as a “city of the dead,” is quite large and has been planned with the same organization as a town. The most famous attraction of Cerveteri is the Necropoli della Banditaccia, which has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site together with the necropolis in Tarquinia. It covers an area of 400 ha, of which 10 ha can be visited, encompassing a total of 1,000 tombs often housed in characteristic mounds. It is the largest ancient necropolis in the Mediterranean area.
The name Banditaccia comes from the leasing (bando) of areas of land to the Cerveteri population by the local landowners.

The Tomba dei Rilievi or Tomb of the Reliefs is certainly the most impressive tomb of the whole necropolis of Banditaccia. And ‘one of a kind, with pictures plastered on all the walls that depict the Hypogeum household objects and animals, a true insight into the daily life of a wealthy Etruscan family of the IV-III century BC The tomb, no mound, belonged to the family Matunas and was discovered in the nineteenth century, has a long hallway with staircase descent that gives access to a large room with a gabled ceiling supported by two central pillars along the sides are 13 carved niches for burials. Within eight tombs were created multimedia installations: audio, lighting, three-dimensional reconstructions, which are reviving the ancient sacred place. A unique and engaging walk through archeology and technological innovation.

The museum in Cerveteri is worth a look. It’s in an old castle on the charming central piazza. Here you can admire Etruscan art and artifacts found locally, including the contents of some of the tombs. An innovative design puts the Archaeological Museum of Cerveteri at the first place in the world for technology. It works as a smartphone: you touch a casket and begins an exciting journey into the world of the Etruscans. Cerveteri is also known in the world for the production of good wine, cheese, artichokes, also for the famous boar of Tolfa hills.

At the conclusion of the tour we will drive you back to Civitavecchia in order to arrive in perfect time to re-board your cruise ship.

This tour can be further customized and is conducted by an English-speaking tour driver that will not enter sites, but drive you around and show you places, pointing out things while explaining what they are, as well as stopping at the places that require a visit and helping you access them.

*Upon request, a local archaeology guide can be provided in Tarquinia & Cerveteri.
The price of the guide will be determined based on your specific interests and needs.

Included

• Pick up/drop off directly at your ship gangway
• A fun and informative private English speaking tour driver to lead you through the day
• Private transportation by air-conditioned and fully equipped luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle
• Fresh bottled water on board
• Parking, city passes, fuel & tolls

Not included

Meals & entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
Gratuities (entirely at the client’s discretion)

Available departures

Estimated Rates*
LOW Season: From November 15th 2019 thru March 15th 2020
Rates start from €

Passengers

1-2

3-4

5-6

7-8

9-19

Low Season

€ 450,00

€ 500,00

€ 550,00

€ 600,00

€ 1.300,00


Estimated Rates*
HIGH Season: From March 15th 2020 thru November 15th 2020
Rates start from €

Passengers

1-2

3-4

5-6

7-8

9-19

High Season

€ 500,00

€ 550,00

€ 600,00

€ 650,00

€ 1.500,00

Note:
Due to Italian laws, the price for groups of 9 and larger includes an official guide and/or tour escort for tours and excursions. (Excludes port and city transfers) Our rates do not include entrance fees or meals, unless specifically stated above in description. Rates and/or discounts are subject to change without notice.

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Tour review scores and score breakdown

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Guest reviews

  • I wish I had an even more superlative word than "outstanding" for Gilberto and his company--because absolutely everything was perfection itself on the private full-day shore excursion from Civitavecchia to Tarquinia & Ceverteri that I arranged for 13 of us from our Cruise Critic roll call. From our first email exchanges (after I'd explored his excellent info-packed website and explained what we wanted to do), I was impressed with his graciousness, patience, flexibility, and expertise. No question went unanswered in full detail--and the customizing I requested was never a problem. On the day of the tour, Gilberto and his colleague Marco met us at dock in their immaculate new luxury Mercedes vehicles. (It was more economical to split the group into two vehicles, but all of us were always together at the sites.) Their fascinating stories (in perfect English) added so much to the beautiful scenery enroute to the two totally different sites--one north and one south of the port. And at each site, Gilberto facilitated our entries and touring--and even had a special video presented in one of the tombs at Cerveteri! We also had time to explore on our own. The frosting on the cake was Gilberto's choice of our lunch break: a marvelous hill-top restaurant in Ceri, where we were treated to the best wine-tasting ever at a private table for the 13 of us with panoramic views--and the continuous serving not only of excellent local white and red wines but also outstanding appetizers. ("Appetizers" also doesn't begin to do it justice, as it was like a MEAL of elegant delicious items.) Of course, as promised, Gilberto made sure we were returned to our ship in sufficient time before the all-aboard, so we didn't have to wait in line to re-board our ship. All 13 of us (seasoned travelers) were entranced--and several of us are planning a land trip with Gilberto in the near future! NOTE: Please also see my review of our port-call from also top-rate Naples to Pompeii & Herculaneum shore excursion with Gilberto's Discovery Tours during the same cruise. J TheOriginalDrFUN Phoenix, Arizona