"The most famous Etruscan necropolis" Tarquinia by Bunsch

Tarquinia Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 23 photos

What, more Etruscans?

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...

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!

...and the place from which the goodies came

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  • Pros:If you're Etruscan, it's a great place to die
  • Last visit to Tarquinia: Jul 2010
  • Intro Updated Oct 23, 2010
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2011 at 5:13 AM

    This is a place I have always been curious about (well, not always, but for a long time now), so I was interested in reading your tips.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    know what u mean about need for knowledge of language. Many say you'll find English everywhere but I speak Italian & that isn't true. To get around & learn, you need knowledge of Italian. But what a great experience! Nothing's more fun than learning! )


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