Today you will learn about the etruscan civilization and you will have the chance to see and vist Tarquinia and Cerveteri, two of Italy’s great Etruscan cities, whose origins could date from as far back as the 9th century B.C and famous for a number of Etruscan necropolises.
Our first stop will be in Tarquinia, one of the most ancient of Etruscan cities in the area and famous for its archeological remains.
The town 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.
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.
Leaving Tarquinia we will drive through the beautiful countryside in the Maremma rich of historic and cultural sites to our next destination, Cerveteri, another of the great Etruscan cities in Italy.
There 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.
For lunch your driver will be happy to suggest some of the best typical restaurants in the area.
After lunch traveling through the charming, picturesque countryside with its abundant vineyards and centuries-old olive groves, we reach the medieval borough of Ceri, a tiny village settled on a tufaceous spur of volcanic origin.
Ceri goes back to Etruscan times but the town as it looks today was founded in 1236, when the inhabitants of Cerveteri moved to Ceri to seek protection from its position on an outcrop of tufa volcanic rock. In the area they are also many local vineries and cheese farms, ask your driver if you are eventually interested for some vine or cheese tasting.
At the conclusion of the tour we will drive you back to your hotel or any other place of your convenience in Rome.
This tour can be further customized and is conducted by an English-speaking chauffeur/guide 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.
• Pick up/drop off directly at your hotel or any other place of your convenience in Rome
• A fun and informative private English speaking driver/guide to lead you through the day
• Private transportation by air-conditioned and fully equipped luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle
• Free wi-fi and fresh bottled water on board
• Parking, city passes, fuel & tolls
Meals & entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
Gratuities (entirely at the client’s discretion)