Duration: 9 hours
The private Shore Excursion to the Etruscan countryside leaves from the dock of your ship at 8:00am where you meet one of our English speaking driver-guide waiting for you holding a sign with your name on. Driving about 30 minutes east of Civitavecchia you will reach Tarquinia, one of the most important Etruscan city rising 400 feet above sea-level overlooking the Marta River valley and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here you will visit the aristocratic Palazzo Vitelleschi, a work of art of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, now housing the Etruscan Museum, with well-preserved sarcophagi, paintings, tombs, frescoes from the 6th to the 1st century BC, and the Necropoli just outside the town that includes the most beautiful and well-preserved tombs of the ancient world, which brings evidence to the cult of the dead of a fascinating and mysterious people.
Next you will enjoy lunch in a local Fattoria, a well known wine and oil producer of the area, or in a typical trattoria in Tuscania, another powerful Etruscan town. Near the city, particularly along rivers, there are more Etruscan and Roman necropolis, with Etruscan tombs that have returned many objects dated 4th – 2nd century BC now showing inside the Archaeological National Museum of S. Maria del Riposo. In Medieval historical centre the beautiful Roman basilica of San Pietro (8th century) stands on the old Etruscan acropolis and has a 13th century façade with symbols of the Evangelists; the interior has massive columns with beautiful capitals and decorative paving. Another church, Santa Maria Maggiore located just outside the populated area, is also worth seeing. At the end of the tour you will drive back to your ship in a comfortable 40 minutes ride.
- if possible wear or take with you comfortable shoes even if walking is limited;
- watch out for your wallet and bags; it is recommended not to wear valuable jewelry
- Entrance to Tarquinia Museum and Necropoli 8 Euro per person (closed on Mondays).
Price includes private vehicle with driver-guide.
Payment DOES NOT include meals, entrance fees and gratuity.
For more passengers we use additional vehicles due to the strict Italian laws and regulations about public transportation carrying more than 8 people, in any case don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote.
Note that the driver-guide will not enter sites although giving explanations from the vehicle of what you are seeing. Only Official Licensed Guides are allowed to escort you inside places and, on your request, we can provide such service at an extra cost. The vehicle will accompany you for the entire tour.
To book our services you have the choice to pay with Euro cash money at the end of service or to pre-pay the total fee by credit card with an additional 15%. We don’t accept credit cards as a form of payment on the day of service, we only accept cash in Euro and/or US$; if US$ we will give you the exchange rate of the day before the service increased by 5 cents.