The Etruscans populated and controlled a large part of Central Italy before the Romans. The city after which Tarquinia was named was one of the most ancient and important Etruscan cities.
Today, the UNESCO-listed Etruscan necropolises (cemeteries) of Tarquinia are the most notable remnant of this fascinating civilisation. The necropolises consist of richly decorated tombs, the oldest of which dates back to the 7th century BC.
The Etruscan museum, which is situated in Tarquinia's town centre, is home to one of the most impressive archaeological exhibitions in Italy.
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THE MEDIEVAL TOWN CENTRE
Tarquinia has one of the largest medieval town centres in Lazio. The peculiarity of this inhabited area is that it retains about fifty towers - most of which are not easily recognisable because they were cut at the height of the ancient palaces - which all date back to the 12th-13th centuries.
A pleasant walk through the alleyways of Tarquinia will take you back in time to a magical medieval atmosphere that is still quite intact among churches, monuments, and historic buildings.
AUTHENTIC ITALIAN LIFESTYLE
In many places, travellers can feel lost amidst hordes of tourists. Tarquinia is different. Here you can experience the authentic lifestyle of the Italian countryside.
CITY OF MANY FESTIVALS
Tarquinia hosts a tremendous variety of festivals and celebrations throughout the year. One of the most spectacular is "La Giostra delle Contrade," a medieval horse race that takes place in May/June every year. Several gastronomical festivals take place during the summer.
Tarquinia's proximity to major cultural centres and other cities of interest makes it an excellent destination. It is very easy and convenient to reach since it is situated less than one hour from Rome Fiumicino airport and just over one hour from the centre of Rome.
Once you arrive, Tuscany and Umbria are within arm's reach. Tarquinia is perfectly positioned for day trips to some of Italy's most famous beaches, including "La Feniglia" near Monte Argentario. Our guest book provides plenty of ideas to help you prepare a dream itinerary.
RESTAURANTS, BARS & CAFÉS
The guest book at Villa Linnazello contains a directory of local eateries specialised in local delicacies.
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