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Necropoli di Tarquinia, Tarquinia

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, Necropoli di Tarquinia is made up of over 6,000 Etruscan graves, some of which date back as far as the 7th century BCE. Visit the many gravesites scattered around the hillside, and take the stairs down into each burial chamber, where you can press a button to illuminate the space. Most artifacts have been pilfered, or removed to museums, but what remains is still impressive. The walls of these chambers are filled with colorful frescoes that depict the daily life of the Etruscans, and shed light on some of their ideas about the afterlife. Pay a visit to the nearby archeological museum to learn more about the Etruscans and see artifacts from their time. Add Necropoli di Tarquinia and other attractions to your Tarquinia trip itinerary using our Tarquinia vacation trip planner.
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  • The Etruscan necropolis of Tarquinia, or the Necropolis of Monterozzi, is the most interesting in situ collection of Etruscan art. The Etrusan culture still being a mystery the burial chambers frescoe...  more »
  • We loved our stay in Tarquinia, a historic walled city, which is off the main tourist path, making it a true Italian experience. The Etruscan tombs are very interesting and amazing when you see them. ...  more »
  • We had always wanted to get to Tarquinia, and decided that the time had finally come. We hired a wonderful guide, Sonia Tavoletta, who arranged a driver as the site is not otherwise easy to access. We...  more »
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  • Fantastic site especially if you are interested in etruscan art. Needs a couple of hours to digest properly. Strongly recommend to see the museum first.
  • The guide is well trained and knows what she has to do. But the archeological site isn't organized and equipped as I was expecting it to be : no parking lot for car holders; no multilingual speaking clerk for tourists from non-italian speaking countries.
  • The Monterozzi hill is covered by mounds dug into the soft rock. Down there, chamber graves preserve the most amazing frescoes from antiquity. Commissioned by Etruscan noblemen, they were painted by Greek artists.
  • Definitely a must see when visiting Tarquinia
  • A really fascinating look at the Etruscan race, of which we know so little. There are about 16 tombs that you can get into and see and each has its own distinct frescoes inside. It probably takes about an hour to see them all. They are each stunning in their own way, though. There are a lot of stairs to climb down and up for each tomb so it wouldn't be suitable for someone with mobility issues.