Your English-speaking chauffeur/guide will welcome you at the dock beside your ship in Civitavecchia at 8:00am (suggested time). After leaving the Civitavecchia dock, you will drive northeast through the countryside to reach, after approximately 30 minutes, Tarquinia, one of the most important Etruscan cities. Here, you will visit the Etruscan Museum and the tombs of the Necropolis.
Tarquinia has the greatest Etruscan museum in the world, with well-preserved sarcophagi, paintings, tombs, and frescoes from the 6th to 1st centuries BC, as well as the largest Etruscan necropolis. It is the heart of Southern Etruria, the Etruscan capital, a mediaeval township, an archaeological site of international fame, and has an intense cultural life. Riseing 133m above sea-level, Tarquinia is on a plateau from which it scenically overlooks the Marta River valley and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Next, you will visit the aristocratic Palazzo Vitelleschi, which is itself, a masterpiece of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, but also now home to the National Museum. You will continue the visit to the Etruscan necropolis. It is just outside the town, and includes the most beautiful and well-preserved tombs of the ancient world, bearing witness to the cult of the dead of fascinating and enigmatic people. They are unique in themselves and only comparable with the Egyptian tombs.
We will leave to our next destination, Tuscania, a magnificent example of city carved with tuff. Here your driver/guide can recommend some typical restaurants, where you can enjoy a nice and relaxing lunch.
After lunch you will have some time available to discover the medieval historical center. Near the town, particularly along rivers, there are many Etruscan and Roman necropolises. They house Etruscan tombs that have returned many things of the Curunas family (IV- II cent. BC,) which are now in show, with furnishings, inside the Archaeological National Museum of S. Maria Del Riposo (XV cent.) In the medieval, historical center, the beautiful Roman basilica of San Pietro (VIII-XI-XIII cent.) stands on the old Etruscan acropolis, and has a 13th century façade with symbols of the Evangelists. The interior has massive 11th century columns with beautiful symbols and decorative paving. A second church, Santa Maria Maggiore (VIII-XII cent.), now out of the inhabited area and completely surrounded by its boundaries, is also worth seeing.
After this interesting day, you will return to Civitavecchia in perfect time to board your ship.
Please note: This tour will not be available on Mondays because the museum and the necropolis are closed.
This tour length is approximately 9 hours in total and is conducted by a highly trained English-speaking chauffeur/guide.
• Pick up/drop off directly at your ship gangway
• 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)