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From Civitavecchia: Tarquinia & UNESCO Site Visit with Lunch

1. From Civitavecchia: Tarquinia & UNESCO Site Visit with Lunch

Discover the city of Tarquinia and visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Etruscan necropolis, containing tombs painted more than 3000 years ago, with the help of your local guide. Learn about the extraordinary artwork in the tombs, which predates the Romans and gives unique insight into the ancient culture and daily lives of the Etruscan people.  Leave the necropolis, and follow your guide to one of the most impressive museums on the Etruscans, located in the spectacular Palazzo Vitelleschi. Continue your discovery of Etruscan life and see items of pottery, arts and crafts which have previously been displayed in New York and Paris.  Finish your time in Tarquinia by relaxing and enjoying an authentic Italian lunch, in a traditional local restaurant. Savor the unique and dazzling flavours of the Lazio region, for the perfect end to your day of discovery. Upgrade the default tour option to also explore the underground city of Etruscopolis and see a massive underground quarry from the 4th-century BC featuring recreations of Etruscan homes and see what life was like in a time before the Romans.

From Civitavecchia: Tuscany-Latium Wine Tour with Tastings

2. From Civitavecchia: Tuscany-Latium Wine Tour with Tastings

Why taste wines? for many reasons: Tasting is an important part of the wine business. Winemakers have to taste their products in arder to follow the wines' progress and check on quality. Cellar masters must taste to ascertain a wine's development in barrel. Sommeliers and restaurant owners taste to find the best ways of combining wines with food and in order to describe the wines, they offer to their customers. In this experience the answer is simply: "Enjoy the good wine" directly with different producers amd wine expert. Italian wines are famous all over the world and those of Maremma in southern Tuscany have something very special. It will be the volcanic soil typical of this area, it will be the breeze of the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea that caresses the rows, it will be the love that the men and women of this corner of Tuscany put in their work: the only sure thing is that the wines of Maremma guard a truly unique secret, a special flavor that you can not tell in words but you must definitely taste. Come and discover how these fine wines are produced, visiting historic wineries, some of which are limited-family run highest quality, others already open to the international market. You will visit these two different kind of wineries with different "wine-style"; we will walk among wonderful vineyards and we will turn into modern winemakers to make our all the secrets of the nectar of Maremma and then taste it, accompanied by the typical food and wine products of this flat land, halfway between the sea and the mountains. Get ready to live an unforgettable day, to know a territory starting from local products, from the people who live there, from the traditions that animate it, all immersed in a bucolic landscape out of time and space, among Maremma cows, infinite expanses of vineyards and small villages perched in which we will stop to learn more stories and other traditions of this land of Tuscany so precious and fascinating. How should you taste? All five senses are involved in wine tasting. Our eyes perceive the colour, clarity, viscosity, and effervescence of a wine. The nose senses the wine's bouquet and aroma. Within the mouth, three senses interact forming the complex perception known as taste. These are: smell as discerned by the retronasal passages, taste as appreciated by the taste buds and tactile sensations felt in the oral cavity. The sense of hearing permits us to enjoy the fizzing of effervescence and the popping of corks as well as the buzz of friendly conversation.

Before the Romans: Tarquinia's Unesco Site from C.vecchia

3. Before the Romans: Tarquinia's Unesco Site from C.vecchia

Discover the Etruscans on this guided cultural tour and visit the city of Tarquinia with its UNESCO world heritage site. Explore the ancient Etruscan necropolis with tombs painted more than 3000 years ago. Learn about the extraordinary artwork in the tombs, which predates the Romans and gives unique insight into the ancient culture and daily lives of the Etruscan people. Leave the necropolis go the National Etruscan Museum. While in Tarquinia take the opportunity to relax and enjoy an authentic Italian lunch, in a traditional local restaurant. Savor the unique and dazzling flavors of the Lazio region, for the perfect end to your day of discovery. This tour includes pickup and drop-off from Civitavecchia with an English-speaking driver, air-conditioned transportation. At about 3:30 PM the tour will start to come back to the port of Civitavecchia.

Tarquinia: Necropolis and Museum Private Tour with Tickets

4. Tarquinia: Necropolis and Museum Private Tour with Tickets

Tarquinia was the most important Etruscan city in the seventh century BC and it is particularly famous for the Monterozzi Necropolis (also called Necropoli di Tarquinia), an ancient cemetery from pre-Roman times which houses more than two hundred painted tombs beneath its green mounds. You will explore imposing halls carved into the rock copying Etruscan houses (Necropolis literally means “City of the Dead”) to admire the bright colors used by the ancient Etruscans to paint landscapes, exotic animals and scenes of everyday life. Thanks to our knowledgeable and passionate guide, you will discover the secrets of the most beautiful and fascinating tombs: the tomb of the Leopards, with its banquet scenes that show the incredible freedom of Etruscan women, the tomb of Hunting and Fishing, which represents the typical activities of the aristocracy, the tomb of the Warrior, where funeral rites are represented (including the cruel games that inspired the subsequent gladiator fights)… Walking through the charming alleys of Tarquinia, dotted with medieval towers and splendid palaces, you will reach Palazzo Vitelleschi, which houses in the National Etruscan Museum the most precious treasures of the ancient city: carved sarcophagi, frescoes, jewels made of gold and gemstones, and the famous Winged horses!

Once upon a time, they were the Etruscans with lunch

5. Once upon a time, they were the Etruscans with lunch

Meet your driver and then travel 20 minutes to Tarquinia, the capital of the Etruscans. An ancient civilization with their own culture and language, the Etruscans were an early adversary of Rome and were ultimately assimilated into the kingdom of Rome. Within the underground city of Etruscopolis however, the ways of this ancient people are once again brought back to life. This historic site contains a museum of recreated artifacts, which were lovingly crafted by the artist Omero, who is known as “the last of the Etruscans.” See tombs, homes, objects, and scenes of daily life. Understand Etruscan culture through objects as well as intricate dioramas. Explore an underground Etruscan quarry from the 4th-century BC which spans 15,000 square meters. Journey into the past, and see recreations of Etruscan homes. See what life was like in a time before the Romans had even conquered all of Italy. Afterward, have lunch at a typical trattoria in Tarquinia’s historic center. 

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Andrea was amazing, he was very knowledgeable as a guide. He definitely knows his way around the area and he definitely knows his stuff! We arrived slightly earlier and he managed to meet us and tweaked the itinerary so we can fit in more sightseeing views on the way to the cellars. Andrea’s choice of the wine cellars was top notch! The wine was amazing, the people at the winery were so knowledgeable and welcoming and the views were beyond compare. Andrea even tried to fit in an extra cellar in the day when he found out our preferences, really exceptional! I highly recommend Andrea if you are planning this journey. And take with you swimming suits as you get to take a dip in the Terme Di Saturnia!

This was so wonderful, I learned so much about these people and lives Andres was so kind who answered all my questions and took the time to give me and my two kids the best experience... I highly recommend this tour with Andres

We were lucky to have Andrea as driver and guide. We had plenty of time for necropolis and Tarquinia wonderful museum. Andrea made us discover the rich and beautiful city of Tarquinia. Restaurant was authentic and nice.

My husband and I were the only people on our tour, so it was very intimate! The vineyards are beautiful and the staff was all very friendly. The wine tasting experience was better than any other I've had!

We own winery in Canada and we enjoyed the wineries very much. Andrea was an awesome guide through the area