Cerveteri, a town north of Rome, is one of the richest and most interesting areas in terms of history and nature in all of central Italy. Known throughout the world for its ancient past, it was the nerve center of the Etruscan civilization.
It boasts a very vast territory that goes from the Ceriti Hills to the coast, a perfect location for nature lovers and excursions who here can dedicate themselves to pleasant walks immersed in the Mediterranean scrub, but also for those who love the sea, being able to spend relaxing days under the hot summer sun cooling off from time to time in the cool waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Furthermore, the nearby Tolfa mountains preserve wild and uncontaminated woods.
A magical location in which history, with the traces left by ancient men, and nature, with a volcanic territory of rocks smoothed by small streams, create a unique environment where lush waterfalls and thick vegetation give life to splendid natural oases .
In this area the beaches have a singular peculiarity, the sand is black because it is very rich in iron. Due to their unique beauty, these beaches host many travelers and vacationers every year in the summer.
Last but not least, the traditional events of the Cerveteri area: parades of allegorical floats at the end of August and the historic Grape and Wine Festival of the Ceriti Hills, always in the same period.
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It is the largest necropolis in the entire Etrurian territory and one of the most important in the entire Mediterranean area. The city of the Dead of Cerveteri will lead you to the ancient Etruscan houses where, thanks to multimedia installations, virtual reconstructions, audiovisual projections, videos and sound and light effects, you will have the opportunity to take a real trip back in time .
The famous “urn of the spouses” and the “touch on glass” technological animations that bring the finds to life. It is in fact one of the first museums in the world for technology, within which millenary artifacts come to life by telling a very ancient story.
If you are in Tarquinia to visit the two Etruscan jewels (the Necropolis and the Tarquiniense National Archaeological Museum) you cannot miss the city.
Heart of southern Etruria and capital for the Etruscans, a splendid medieval village, an archaeological area known all over the world and the fulcrum of the cultural life of Tuscia, Tarquinia stands imposing on a cliff from which it dominates a breathtaking view of the sea of the Tyrrhenian coast and on the valley of the river Marta.
Tarquinia is located in a strategic position, halfway between Grosseto and Rome on the Via Aurelia (90km from both cities).
The city is, in fact, an ideal tourist destination for history lovers, with a heritage that covers about 3000 years of history including archaeological and medieval finds, but also for nature lovers, the beaches are in fact just a few kilometers away, the suggestive countryside, and the Monti della Tolfa, a few kilometers away, which offer a wonderful view of the promontory of Monte Argentario and the Island of Giglio, one of the most beautiful pearls of the Tuscan Archipelago.
In addition to the extraordinary National Archaeological Museum of Tarquinia, which is housed in the aristocratic Palazzo Vitelleschi, a masterpiece of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, and the unmissable Etruscan necropolis which houses the most beautiful and best preserved painted tombs of the ancient world and testifies to the cult of the death of a fascinating and enigmatic people, unique in their kind and comparable only to the Egyptian ones, walking in the city center you will discover suggestive corners, you will be dominated by high towers, you will walk through narrow alleys that suddenly flow into large squares where the facade of a church is the backdrop, until you reach the limits of the ancient city walls overlooking the rock, beyond which there is a suggestive panorama characterized by the confusion of colors: the golden yellow of the wheat fields that intertwine with the green of the countryside, the different shades of brown of the undulating lands that reach the blue of the sea.
At the foot of the town, the seaside resort with urban structures surrounded by greenery offers the visitor various possibilities: from camping to apartments, to hotels.
The accommodation capacities of Tarquinia are renowned throughout the peninsula: the residential areas of Marina Velca, Spinicci, Tarquinia Lido, Sant’Agostino, Riva dei Tarquinii and the hotels located in the center offer countless comforts.
The climate is always mild even in winter and the summer heat is mitigated by constant breezes that make the sports of sailing and windsurfing favorable. The variety of the geographical structure makes it possible to organize sporting events at an international level, which are difficult to achieve elsewhere, such as triathlon, cycling and marathons.
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This marvelous necropolis is considered the “first page of great Italian painting”.
It is characterized in fact by its extraordinary painted tombs, decorated with figurative scenes representing hunters, fishermen, athletes, dancers, players and jugglers. Due to this peculiarity, it was recognized in 2004 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Dedicated mainly to Etruscan art and civilization, this museum is located inside Palazzo Vitelleschi, in the splendid Piazza Cavour. It is one of the most important museums of the Etruscan era.
Inside there are Etruscan and Roman finds, reconstructions of tombs, restoration of the original frescoes of tombs transferred from various necropolises in the area.