Travelling back in time to discover the Etruscans
A few kilometres from Rome, in the town of Tarquinia, you can step back in time 3,000 years to immerse yourself in the treasures of the Etruscans, among the most highly developed peoples of the pre-Roman era. This civilisation left lasting signs of its existence throughout the area, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia stretches for 5 kilometres, with hundreds of tombs dating from the late 7th century to the middle of the 1st century BC. All year round you can visit 22 of some of the most impressive and best decorated tombs, including the Tomb of the Lioness, the Tomb of the Leopards and the Tomb of Hunting and Fishing. To learn more about Etruscan life, you can visit several archaeological areas, like Civita di Tarquinia, with the imposing sanctuary of Ara della Regina and Gravisca, to find remains of a place of worship consisting of several buildings dedicated to Greek and Etruscan deities.
Don’t miss the Tarquinia National Museum, in the heart of the city, with three floors of rooms boasting sarcophagi, ceramics, frescoes and tombs from countless excavations.