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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
You wanted fresh seafood, right? The great big aquarium which greets you (and mesmerizes the small fry) isn't the source of your lunch or dinner, but the Med, just outside the door, probably housed your meal only short hours earlier. This is a noisy, crowded, family-style restaurant right on the beach. The waitstaff obviously knows the clientele and very promptly arrived with icy-cold bottles of water, and there wasn't much of a wait for the fried seafood platter which was our luncheon choice. Fine dining it isn't, but very satisfying all the same.
I must have led a charmed life up to this particular venture to Italy, because in all the other countries I visited, English was either one of the standard languages or, in the case of France, I spoke the ambient tongue. I suppose I expected that many, if not most, of the hoteliers and shop keepers and transport personnel in Italy would speak at...more
When you are seated at an Italian restaurant, you should anticipate paying "coperto" or a cover charge, assessed on a per person basis. This ranges from something minimal to several euros, presumably depending upon the restaurant although I never analyzed this during our trip. Since the cover charge is intended to compensate the restaurant for the...more
Not just in Tarquinia...many (perhaps most) Italian museums are closed on Mondays. This can be a spirit-killer if you're only in a city or town for a single day and the museums are unavailable, which is why the Spirit moves me to suggest that much of Italy's great art is found in its churches, virtually all of which are open every day of the week...more
Miscellaneous: Although things tend to cool off at night, if you're an American and used to air conditioning, you may find that it is well worth your while to bring a small battery-powered fan with you, or to purchase a slightly larger fan which has the appropriate plug for Italian current. I brought two of the former and we never did get around to buying the latter -- but we certainly would have been much more comfortable had we done so, and at minimal cost.