Tarquinia is an ancient city in central Italy. It is specifically located in the province of Viterbo in Lazio, Italy. There are a wide variety of interesting and engaging attractions in Tarquinia, from the Etruscan tombs to the National Museum, a veritable treasure trove of archaeological holdings in the beautiful Renaissance Palazzo Vitelleschi. Besides the National Museum and the Etruscan tombs in Tarquinia Italy, which are the most popular tourist attractions in the ancient city, there are a number of churches, medieval towers, a cathedral, ancient palaces, and much more. If you are already planning a trip to central Italy and are staying in Rome, it takes less than an hour to get to Tarquinia on a direct train from the Ostiense Station, making this an excellent day trip from the city.
The Etruscan were the earliest known inhabitants of the area in central Italy that now constitutes Lazio, Tuscany, and Umbria. In antiquity, it was known as Tarxuna and was one of the twelve ancient Etruscan cities. The tombs in Tarquinia are situated on a broad hill just outside the town. There are some 6,000 tombs at Tarquinia’s Etruscan Necropolis, many of them adorned with impressively ornate frescoes. These classic works of art date back to between second and sixth centuries BC.
Generally there are 15 to 20 tombs open every day for public viewing, giving you the opportunity to examine the wall frescoes and the tombs of Italy’s earliest civilizations. The tombs in Tarquinia Italy are not only popular attractions because of the gorgeous frescoes and elaborate grave sites, but also because of their historical significance. It is advisable to take a tour of the Etruscan Necropolis. There are knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guides that can elucidate the finer points of why the tombs in Tarquinia Italy were constructed and painted in such a way, and also explain and describe the significance of other sites around the ancient town such as the Church of Santa Maria di Castello, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral in the main town, the Church of San Giacomo and Santissima Annunziata, and more.
You could argue that virtually everything in the town constitutes one of the attractions in Tarquinia. The Tarquinia Musuem is clearly one of the most popular of all the attractions in Tarquinia as it houses some of the most important archaeological findings in Italy. The Etruscan Necropoli of Cerveteri and Tarquinia are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But there are many other attractions, like small churches and ancient ruins that are just as interesting, for those interested in history, anthropology, and archaeology.
The Vitelleschi Palace, which houses the National Museum, is an attraction in and of itself is a gorgeous building. If you have enough time, you should also try to explore several of the churches, including the Gothic-Romanesque San Pancrazio, the Church of Saint John the Baptist, and the small but charming and beautiful church of San Martino. Taking a trip to the ancient city of Tarquinia can be a nice diversion during the course of a vacation to Rome. It is filled with exciting attractions and a number of memorable sites.