"The most famous Etruscan necropolis" Tarquinia by Bunsch
Tarquinia Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 19 photos
We decided that no Etruscan-oriented tour of Italy was complete without a visit to Tarquinia, which features one of the largest and most famous of the Etruscan necropoli. There are about 150 tombs, many dating to 700 BC, festooned with wonderful drawings or frescoes of Etruscans cavorting, often in full color. I have to admit that it was blazing hot on the day we arrived, and the notion of tramping around the vast space was not very appealing. Luckily there is an excellent museum which, having been built with those lovely thick walls, defeats much of the summer heat so that you can ogle the treasures inside in relative comfort.
The museum is situated high above the Mediterranean sea. Just a glance out the window is sufficient to have tourists asking themselves on a hot day, "Why aren't we down there enjoying the beach?" So our next stop was at Tarquinia Lido for lunch and potential watersports. We ruled those out only when it became obvious that the sand was too hot to even walk on it!
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