Visit the archeological museum
The museum, housed in the Palazzo Vitelleschi in Tarquinia, contains an important collection of Etruscan antiquities dating to 700 BC. The collection includes sarcophagi, vases, jewelry, glass, carved ivories, coins and fragments of large decorative reliefs. Pay particular attention to the nearly life-sized terracotta statues of two winged horses (c. 400 BC) and the magnificent wall paintings from the Tomb del Triclino (480-450 B.C.).
The museum is open daily, except Monday, from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
Entry is six euros, but you can purchase a combination ticket which gives you access to the necropolis as well for eight euros.
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Etruscan necropolis at Monterozzi
The Etruscans constructed a city, one of twelve in their federation, about two miles east of modern Tarquinia. Nearby, on the ridge at Monterozzi just to the south, they constructed a necropolis. Discovered in 1823, it is one of the best preserved of Etruscan cemeteries. A tour of the tombs takes at least ninety minutes but if you're a real fan of this sort of thing -- and these painted tombs are really something -- you may spend a lot longer.
The tombs are generally open Tuesday to Sunday 8:30am to 1 hour before sunset.
The entrance fee (a combination ticket also admitting you to the museum at the Palazzo Vitelleschi) is 8 euros. Admission to necropolis alone is 6 euros.
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Got your bathing suit?
After a nice visit to the museum, perhaps you'd like to get more comfortable. Take a quick hop down to Tarquinia Lido. You can rent an umbrella and lounge chair, or wend your way through the crowds and just plunge straight into the sea (no charge for that). Many places feature outdoor showers so that you can get the sand and salt off before you visit one of the tempting seaside restaurants for drinks or a meal.
Tarquinia Lido is built-up and crowded. There are several camping grounds in or near the beach, and a lot of night life.
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Noah's Sanctuary :)
A closer picture of the Ark. I was trying to get across some of the detail that has gone into this piece of work, but to be honest, I wonder if pictures can ever do justice to something this beautiful. I guess it wont stop me, or many others, trying!
Modern Art amongst Ancient Atmosphere
After our visit to the museum, we walked around the Old Town and found a small restaurant for lunch. Pasta of course for the children! After lunch we walked round exploring some more. We came upon a piazza and in the centre of it was this sculpture of Noah¡¦s Ark. It appears to be fairly modern and is absolutely beautiful. The detail is amazing. Individual characters and animals. We sat on the grass here while the boys ate Gelato and ran around. Happy memories
I took this picture from the first floor balcony of the Museum in Tarquinia. The view from here was wonderful. You can see all the way to the sea. The museum itself is fascinating, the children enjoying it as much as we did :)t
After visiting the tombs, we then drove into the town. We parked the car and went to find the museum. This is housed in the Palazzo Vitelleschi. To be honest, we nearly walked past it, so unassuming did it seem. There was just a door in the wall, however through the door was the most wonderful courtyard surrounded by a beautiful building. The Palazzo was built in 1439 and has an amazing collection of artefacts from the excavations. We saw jewellery, sarcophagi, pottery, ivories, terracotta and amphorae. Also on display were some artefacts from the tomb of the Bulls, these were on high shelves, which saved us having to explain them to the children:) On the second floor are several reconstructed tombs, including the tomb with the Funeral Bed (460 BC) This picture was taken inside the courtyard looking towards the door to the street. It really is the most beautiful building.
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OK I know that this is a cr***y photograph, but it is all that I have, and let's face it I have never claimed to be a great photographer:) When we arrived at the Burial Ground, at first glance it just appeared to be an empty field. Then I realised that scattered around were these stone-built kind of igloo's!! Sorry but that is the only description I have for them. On approacing the first of these buildings, we discovered an entranceway with steps built leading down to a chamber. When you get there, WOW! You stand on a small platform and look in through a glass window and there in front of you are the burial chambers from a time in history that is just beyond imagination. The paintings on the walls are so vivid, even now. The most important tombs include: the tomb of the Baron, dating from the 6C: the 5C tomb of the Leopards, which is painted with the most amazing leopards as well as scenes of banqueting and dancing. Also there is the tomb of the Bulls, close the eyes of your small children here, the paintings are very erotic and could take some explaining!
Taken from the balcony surrounding the courtyard. There are rooms going from the balcony that hold many artefacts. t
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