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“Tarquinia, Italy -The Etruscan Necropolis and city. A step back to circa 500BC” 5 of 5 stars
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Necropolis of Tarquinia
Strada Provinciale Monterozzi, 01016 Tarquinia, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Tarquinia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Tarquinia, Italy -The Etruscan Necropolis and city. A step back to circa 500BC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The city and Necropolis of Tarquinia, Italy is well worth the visit if you wish to see burial catacomb art that is more abundant and in almost pristine condition compared to Rome's catacombs. The Etruscan necropolis is a series of individual tombs that are accessed by stairs, for each tomb. We used a driver/tour guide with car for the journey from Rome to Tarquinia. It was a 10 hour day which includes RT travel time. The guide/driver walked us thru the village of Tarquinia, museum, and ruins on the outskirts of town. He also took us other villages nearby, We had lunch at a winery with the meal prepared by the owners. Then the driver took us on a drive thru the countryside where many Etruscan necropolis mounds exist, holding an estimated 6,000 people. For travelers who are interested in history, this region was inhabited before Rome existed. Kings came from this region during the period when Kings ruled Rome, So the statuary, structures and painted tomb walls give you an example of Pre to early Roman times. The city had an important connection with Rome up to the end of the last of the King of Rome around 500BC. A tour of this area is great for people who have seen a lot of Rome and seek something new. The Necropolis can be seen in 2 hours. More time is needed to see the museum and city and adjacent ruins and villages.

Visited January 2012
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“Painted Tombs - well worth the hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The painted tombs at the Necropolis of Tarquinia are wonderful. There are 12-16 buildings open (what's open changes) accessed by ~2 dozen stairs down. At the bottom, press a button that lights the painted tomb behind plexiglass (to preserve the paint). There's a must-listen audio guide that describes the paintings. My favorite was the one painted as a campaign tent with tent poles and details of daily life on the walls. Truly awe inspiring considering they're from the 3-5th c. BC. And the hike down the stairs worked off the lasagna from the night before. It could be pretty hot in the middle of summer.

Visited September 2012
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“Graet alternative to Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We had visited Rome before so decided to go to Tarquinia for the day. To get to Tarquinia you travel by local bus, about 5 euros each way. I will endeavour to advise you how to get there as some of the trip advisor reviews are a bit vague. From the cruise line there will be buses to drop you off just outside the cruise terminal where you will see a fort (brick wall behind you as you get off the bus), go back into the terminal area and you will see demountable offices and one will sell you tickets for the bus. I say this as we tried to buy tickets on the bus but it was very difficult as the driver didn't speak english. Once you have your ticket go back out of the terminal and across the road you will see a glass building, just on the side of this glass building is some wooden stairs, very large so you won't miss it but you have to go to the side of the glass building first. Once up the stairs take a right turn and you will see a bus stop, just wait for the Tarquinia bus. It is about 25 mins to Tarquinia. When you are dropped off it will be right outside the Tourist Information. Get some info from there. We visited the Tombs (which is about a 20 minute walk out of town) but well worth it. When you get there ask for the two ticket price that will get you into the museum back in town. It is also well worth a visit. Just walking around the town was fantastic, hardly any tourists and the townspeople are so friendly. Catching the bus back is easy as you catch it where it dropped you off, just make sure you get on the bus that goes back to Civitavecchia. Hope this helps.

Visited September 2012
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“The most important Necropoli of etruscan world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I was very happy to see the etruscan Necropoli, the place where Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and Michelangelo came during their life. Etruscan Necropoli of Tarquinia is the first form of art in Italy. My english is not very good...

Visited October 2012
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Well, maybe you have to go there BEFORE Herculaneum and Pompeji to find it interesting ...

Read the sign outside the tomb (thankfully in English) which is usually not too telling, go down (bring a torch if your night vision is not great, and be careful with the last step at the bottom, as it is nearly always deeper than one thinks), have a look at mostly strongly deteriorated wall paintings, and go up again. Repeat about a dozen times.

The paintings themselves look quite Greco-Egpytian i.e. from a phase when the Etruscan core culture was already washed out by external influences, and in comparison to "real" Greek or Egyptian art, it just does not measure up.

Lots of lizzards on the outside walls and in the grass between the tombs, btw. Interesting ...

In summary only for people who are really into the subject, and a largely a waste of time for the common tourist.

Visited October 2012
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