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.
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