Etruscan Tours

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Here you are some etruscan guided itineraries at only few km far away from Rome for better getting in touch with the fascinating and remote world of Etruscans

Cerveteri

As the ancient Caere it was one of the most important Etruscan cities founded in the 8th century B.C.. For the following two centuries was powerful and rich - due to its strategic location and two ports Alsium (now Ladispoli) and Pyrgi (now S.Severa) - and began its decline in the 4th century B.C.. Its interesting Necropolis (1 km from the town),one of the world's most important discoveries, yielding precious ceramics, gold items and other objects, are now primarly on  exhibit in Rome at the Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia and the Vatican's Museo Etrusco Gregoriano, although some items are housed in Cerveteri's Museo Nazionale Cerite. The cone-shaped mounds date from the 8th to 1rst centuries B.C., considered the most important among the numerous tombs is the Tomba dei Rilievi. The present town includes a medieval quarter, with the 16th century Palazzo Ruspoli (not open to the public) and ruins of Etruscan and medieval walls. Extending behind the modern Church of S. Maria Maggiore is the old church in Romanesque style, Chiesa Vecchia. 

Santa Severa (Pyrgi)

A hamlet which is part of the city council of Santa Marinella, this small village is on the site of the ancient and important Etruscan port of Pyrgi which reached the height of its existence from the 7th to 6th centuries B.C. and famous for its temple to Juno Leucothea. The imposing Castle of Santa Severa (11th century, redone in the 17th) encloses a small village within its walls; inside is the Antiquarium exhibiting interesting archaeological discoveries, and the Museo Civico

Tarquinia

This is the Etruscan city par excellence: the walls of its tombs, famed throughout the world, are covered with the most archaic paintings of the Italic civilisation. The following tombs have the greatest wealth of paintings:Augurs, Baron, Hunting and Fishing, Cardarelli, Juggles etc... In each case the paintings reproduce  scenes of hunting, banquets, games, animals, floral elements, horse races, demons and so on. Here you can also admire one of the most important archaeological museum in the region hosted in Palazzo Vitelleschi. In medieval Tarquinia characterised by numerous towers (including that of Dante) is possible to find the church of Santa Maria in Castello the oldest one in the town. Other important churches built in different styles you could admire here.

Viterbo

 

Capena

Its inhabitants in ancient times were dominated by the Etruscans; objects found in several necropolies are now in the Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome; tombs date from the 8th to the 3rd centuries  B.C.; ruins of an acropolis are near the Castellaccio. Nearby are the ruins of Lucus Feroniae already a fluorishing city during the 6th and 5th centuries B.C. and with a temple dedicated to the Goddess Feronia.

Veio

Ruins of the Etruscan city, which flourished from the 8th to 6th centuries B.C.; was conquered by the Romans in 396 B.C. after a 10-year struggle and disappeared after the 2nd century A.D.. The remains include a pool, the foundations of the Temple of Apollo ( the famous Apollo di Veio now in the Villa Giulia Museum in Rome was found here), the Tomba Campana with frescoes, the Ponte Sodo a watercourse created by the Etruscans


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