Tarquinia and Tuscania .
Tour itinerary from Rome or from Civitavecchia port
Your English-speaking driver will meet you at your hotel or cruise ship at 09:00 and depart for Tuscania, which is only 30 minutes away from Civitavecchia port or 75 minutes drive from Rome. On the way, you can admire the vast olive trees, a symbol of the region’s production of extra virgin olive oil.
Once in the village of Tuscania, you can explore the historic and medieval center and visit two beautiful basilicas. San Pietro (8th century) stands on the ancient Etruscan acropolis and its 13th-century facade features the symbols of the Evangelists. Inside, you can admire 11 columns and decorative flooring. Santa Maria Maggiore, located just outside the center, is also worth a visit.
This area is very important for the Etruscans, an ancient Italian people who lived between the 9th century BC and the 1st century BC.
Tarquinia and Tuscania: land of the Etruscans
The tour continues arriving in Tarquinia, the most important Etruscan city, the tour continues. Here, you will visit the Palazzo Vitelleschi, a masterpiece of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, which now houses the most renowned Etruscan Museum in Italy. It contains well-preserved sarcophagi, paintings, tombs, and frescoes from the 6th to the 1st century.
Moreover, just outside the city lies the largest and most significant Etruscan necropolis in Italy, with the most beautiful and preserved tombs of the ancient world, reflecting the cult of the dead of the mysterious Etruscans. Afterward, the driver will suggest a local restaurant for a taste of the local wine or olive oil.
Then, you will have time to explore the medieval old town. Finally, you will return to Civitavecchia or your hotel in Rome, in time for your cruise. One of the best places to see in Italy.
Note: This tour will not be available on Mondays as the museum and necropolis are closed.