A perfect tour for those wanting to explore more than Rome, this full day Rome excursion to Tarquinia will satisfy your curiosity. Explore four ancient tombs with funeral paintings on their walls. Proceed to the heart of the old town center to see the church of Santa Maria di Castello, the Tower of Matilde di Canossa, and the Palazzo Comunale. This Civitavecchia tour is ideal for history buffs and newcomers to Tarquinia.
Leave Civitavecchia by shuttle and enjoy a drive approximately 90 km north of Rome to a town with 6,000 tombs, 200 of which have wall paintings. Four of the tombs at the Necropolis of Monterozzi will be available for you to visit. You'll be led by guides from the Artetruria Association. The tombs of the Panther, Baron, Bulls, and Augurs provide insight into 6th Century BC Etruscan life.
Continue to the old center of Tarquinia, where you'll stroll by and admire the Church of Santa Maria di Castello, displaying a Romanesque-Gothic architectural style. The outer facade is simple in design, but upon closer examination, its main archway is elaborately designed. See the Tower of Matilde di Canossa, or what is locally referred to as the Torrione. Near the double gates, it acted as protection from enemies during medieval times. Here, you can view an impressive panorama of the vicinity.
Visit the Palazzo Comunale (the Town Hall) to admire the frescoes incorporating both the history and mythology of Tarquinia. Of course, your visit would not be complete without enjoying some of the local food and wine during your free time in Tarquinia.
Your shuttle will take you back to Civitavecchia to return you to port after a fascinating excursion into a little known locale showcasing Italy's past. Though not as well known as Rome, Tarquinia is a pearl waiting to be uncovered. Book this excursion today to discover its beauty.
Reviewer: Vera Davis
Instead of going into Rome from our Veendam cruise port we had an interesting day with about 15 others at some Roman baths, tombs, and then in the medieval town on Tarquinia. Our guide Lucca was passionate and knowledgeable about the history. And there were no other tourists to hinder us as we wandered about.
Reviewer: simon ellis
Exultant tour, very good tour guide with local knowledge.
Reviewer: Teresa ferguson
Many times when I travel with a group of friends I will sit out of a part of the excursions because I use a cane and will slow up the group. So when the guide pointed up a steep hill to show where we were going, I told my friends I would meet them in the park in Tara Quinault. As I was positioning myself for a place to sit out the tour, our tour guide got special permission to take the van up in the town. He didn't want me to miss out. We all had a great day and learned so much about this beautiful area.