Car pick-up will be at the hotel, followed by a transfer to Cerveteri, where you'll meet our local guide.
This area is considered to be one of the focal points where the Etruscan civilization flourished in this beautiful region of Italy. It is bounded by the Rivers Arno and Tiber, and to the west by the
Mediterranean Sea. Profoundly affected by Greek culture, the Etruscans in turn, had a powerful influence on the neighboring early Republic of Rome.
Many Latin writers mention this fact. However, the sole knowledge we have is provided by the tombs of Cerveteri and Tarquinia. After a relaxing and scenic drive on the A11, our first exit will be at Cerveteri. Along the access road, you will see many unique small mounds that appear to be covered with tombs. The extent and splendor of the remains of this monumental necropolis testifies to the importance of the city and the Etruscan mastery of funerary architecture. Although the area is not fully excavated, you will see tombs that are round, square and terraced, earthenware sarcophaguses, as well as remains of vases and amphora.
Within a pleasant backdrop of cypress, brooms and pines, the necropolis is presented in the form of a city, with a street of tombs indicated. Among these, some consist of underground funerary chambers accessible by a door. It is simply
decorated with mouldings that have a simple and sober layout.
Other tombs are known as tumuli and date from the 7th century BC. They are formed by conical mounds resting upon circular bases. We'll then continue to drive towards Tarquinia, the necropolis that extends 5 km in length and 1 km wide.
It includes thousands of tombs dating from the 6th century BC through the 1st century BC. Although there are no architectural features, there is an extraordinary assemblage of paintings that
decorate the walls. Within the underground funerary rooms, there are artistic renderings of scenes of everyday life. These include banqueting and dancing, hunting and fishing, horse racing, games and spectacles, as well as visions of the afterlife. There are divinities, funerary rites and religious symbols.
The main attraction of the town is one of the most interesting museums of central Italy, Museo Nazionale Tarquinese. It is devoted mainly to Etruscan exhibits and sarcophaguses that were excavated from the necropolis a few miles away.
Lunch will be in a typical local restaurant upon request.
Sightseeing will continue on the way back to your hotel.

All the tours can be modified and adapted to every demand!
     
  Participants information

tour category: Van and English speaking driver

tour availability : everyday

tour duration : 7 hours

pick up time: 9.00am

participants meeting place
: hotel lobby

tour cost: per party of up to 6 people - Euros 560

licensed guide: Highly recommended (Euros 130 - 2 hrs)

lunch time: available upon request

entrance tickets: Cerveteri and Tarquinia necropolies

 
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