THE MEDIEVAL JEWEL OF TARQUINIA AND THE MYSTERIOUS ETRUSCAN CULTURE
Culture & local gems, From 1 to 3 hours walking, 50
In a nutshell An extraordinary journey of discovery in the area around Tarquinia, where the mysterious Etruscan people lived for centuries, leaving behind artefacts of rare beauty. Tarquinia is also a fascinating medieval hamlet and we do not miss this opportunity to discover its treasures and secrets.
Good to know
- Historical centre of Tarquinia
- Church of Santa Maria in Castello
- Fortified tower of the Countess Matilda of Canossa, Piazza delle Erbe and the Barucci Tower
- Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia and the National Etruscan Museum
- Lunch with dishes of the ancient Etruscan tradition.
- We leave the port and head for the ancient city of Corneto, today's Tarquinia, an architectural and historical jewel within the medieval walls of a charming hamlet that has been nicknamed the 'San Giminiano' of the Latium region because of its numerous towers.
- We leave the coach and wander through the alleys and hidden corners of the historic centre to discover an unexpected and exciting world that is not only made of the particular bricks with their unmistakable colour - the colour of macco, a unique local building material - but also of fascinating stories, legends and anecdotes.
- Romanesque, Gothic and Neoclassical architectural styles are almost unwittingly intertwined on the façades of the palazzi and churches, including the splendid church of Santa Maria in Castello which towers in isolation on the edge of the hill.
- Evoking memories, mysteries and surprises, our walk takes us to the Fortified Tower of the Countess Matilda of Canossa, a jewel set in fortification walls that are well worth viewing, Piazza delle Erbe, dominated by the Barucci Tower at the foot of which the executioner carried out his grim rituals in Medieval times.
- And then we come to more alleys, coats of arms, cloisters and medieval towers: a perfect setting which evokes a time when hoards of monks beguiled rich and poor, the powerful and the destitute in their attempt to address their needs and forecast their destiny.
- Our lunch break becomes a way to continue our encounter with this magical land steeped in history. Indeed, Tarquinia is also the cradle of the Etruscan civilization and at the restaurant we are served typical local dishes which have been handed down from the Etruscan culinary tradition.
- We continue to be spellbound at the Necropolis of Tarquinia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful painted tombs that have made this archaeological site famous
- To complete our journey through Etruscan culture which, in many ways is still unknown, we go to the Palazzo Vitelleschi which today houses the National Etruscan Museum, where we can relive the fascinating world of this Tyrrhenian people by admiring the precious exhibits on display.
Good to know
- Space is limited, so please book early.