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Tour of the Etruscan highlights

Description

PICKUP/RETURN Civitavecchia Port
PICKUP TIME 8:00am
DROP OFF TIME 4:30pm (approximately)
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tarquinia, land of Etruscan wonders
  • Etruscan Archeological sites
  • Ceri & Cerveteri
  • Etruscan Necropolis
INCLUDED
  • Port pickup/drop off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle and private highly entertaining English speaking tour driver
  • Nine hour tour
  • Bottled water
  • Vehicle Expenses (fuel, toll, city pass etc.)
  • Taxes (VAT)
NOT INCLUDED
  • Service of a private Archeological guide in Tarquinia & Cerveteri (bookable as extra)
  • Meals
  • Tickets
  • Gratuities
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What to bring

      • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

      • Pets (If you have pets, please contact us before booking)

Know before you go

    • Please dress respectfully when visiting religious monuments
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended
    • Baby seats available upon request

Full description of the tour

A tour of the Etruscan highlights, to explore the History of Tarquinia, Ceri and Cerveteri

This excursion is especially designed for those who want to explore the history of the rustic, central Italy’s countryside. Your English-speaking tour driver will welcome you at your dock in Rome-Civitavecchia, for an exciting tour of the Etruscan highlights.

First of all, during this Etruscan excursion, you will visit Tarquinia 

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.

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.

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”.

The most famous attraction of Cerveteri is the Necropoli della Banditaccia, which has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

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.

Finally, after this tour of the Etruscan highlights, you will driver 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.

Itinerary

Your private tour driver will welcome you at your dock in Rome-Civitavecchia Port. You will visit some of the most Iconic locations in the Etruscan History of Central Italy. You’ll visit Tarquinia, Cerveteri, Ceri and Sutri for a full archeological insight on this amazing civilization.

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