|PICKUP/RETURN||Hotel or any place of your convenience in Rome|
|DROP OFF TIME||4:30pm (approximately)|
Today you will learn about the etruscan civilization and you will have the chance to see and tour Tarquinia & 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.
Situated on a small hill overlooking the beautiful natural landscapes , immersed in the enchanting valleys of the Tuscia Region. 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, 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 palaces and historic churches; all of which serve as a testimony of the town’s history.
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.
You will also visit to Ceri, a castle-city another Etruscan Village, still very well preserved and really fascinating. Your tour driver can recommend a great local restaurant where you could have a traditional lunch, and besides enjoying the food you can visit the cellars for the locally made wine.
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.
Finally you’ll head to Cerveteri where you can visit the necropolis, often referred to as a “city of the dead”.
It covers an area of 400 hectars, only 10 of which can be visited. Including a total of 1,000 tombs often housed in characteristic mounds, it is the largest ancient necropolis in the Mediterranean area.
The Tomba dei Rilievi or Tomb of the Reliefs is certainly the most impressive tomb of the whole necropolis of Banditaccia. With pictures plastered on all the walls that depict the household objects and animals, a true insight into the daily life of a wealthy Etruscan family of the IV-III century BC, belonged by the Matunas’ family. It was discovered in the 19th century.
Without going into detail, the singularity of this famous resting place, will be unveiled to you, on the day of the tour. We don’t want to spoil the surprise and fascination.
The museum in Cerveteri is also worth a look. It’s in an old castle on the charming central square. Here you can admire Etruscan art and artifacts found locally, including the contents of some of the tombs.
At the conclusion of the tour we will drive you back to your hotel or any other place of your convenience in Rome.
*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.
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.