What to do and see in Tarquinia, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

January 6, 2018 Misti Hsu

Tarquinia (Italian: [tarˈkwiːnja]), formerly Corneto, is an old city in the province of Viterbo, Lazio, Italy known chiefly for its outstanding and unique ancient Etruscan tombs in the widespread necropoli or cemeteries which it overlies, for which it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.
Restaurants in Tarquinia

1. Museo Nazionale Tarquiniense

Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 1/a, 01016, Tarquinia, Italy +39 0766 850080
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4.5 based on 759 reviews

Museo Nazionale Tarquiniense

Reviewed By pixieduststar - uk

I bought the double ticket at the tombs and came to the museum after and im glad I did.but the biggest museum, spread over two floors is lovely. Lots of artefacts and history around. Nice viewpoint too. Some rooms seemed a tad disorganised but I liked that. Seeing the pegasus was incredible and the views from the upper level. Wow! Definitely worth a visit.

2. Necropoli di Tarquinia

Strada Provinciale 43, 01016, Tarquinia, Italy +39 0761 326127
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Necropoli di Tarquinia

Reviewed By LondonTravellerplus - london

A UNESCO World Heritage Site that was almost empty when we visited. Remarkable painted tombs 2,500 years old, some on a par with the Egyptian Valley of the Kings

3. Santa Maria di Castello

Via di Porta Castello 35, 01016, Tarquinia, Italy
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Santa Maria di Castello

Reviewed By CGin23 - New Jersey

An interesting church in the old city of Tarquinia. I believe you need a special guide to open the locks around the city to visit, but I may be mistaken. The towers and churches in Tarquinia were very fun to explore. The Santa Maria di Castello was one of my favorites and I would go if I were back in Tarquinia someday.

4. Parco Avventura Riva dei Tarquini

Via Aurelia km. 102, Strada Litoranea km. 2,5, Tarquinia, Italy +39 342 336 5567
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Parco Avventura Riva dei Tarquini

Reviewed By lmelella - London, United Kingdom

Took my 2 girls here, 6 and 10 and they had a fab experience, It was their 1st time and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The instructor was good and explained the rules in English and off the girls went. Induction lasted about 30 mins.

5. Chiesa di San Pancrazio

Via San Pancrazio, 01016, Tarquinia, Italy
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Chiesa di San Pancrazio

Reviewed By Eli B - Sydney, Australia

If you ever hankered to peer one-eyed through a key-hole,in fact to spy on the daily doings of the Etruscans going about their business,then that's exactly what going down to the tombs in the hill at Montezozzi,is like.
Want to see 6000 tombs,yes? what about frescoes ? Yep, its the frescoes that are the ace-in-one. there are 14 painted tombs in the necropolis that contain the many references to the world of the living.
What you see in real life above ground,you see a duplicate down there,giving us an incredible insight into the lines of people feasting,dancing ,gaming and intercoursing.
Its a record with no equal throughout the Mediterranean. In fact Etruscan tomb paintings are the sole survivor examples of a painting-style which is almost entirely lost,covering a timeframe spanning from the 6th century to the 1st century BC,the period described as of the greatest splendour of the Etruscan civilisation.
You cannot pick which tomb to visit but are directed to 19 that will showcase the funerary art of the Etruscans.
The one we all love,of-course,is the Banquet scene in day-glow colours of red,ochre,black,blue and green but my favourite is the Hunting and Fishing tomb populated with fishes and aquatic birds,a hunter and a diver covering the famous tomb of The Diver at Paesturn in Campania.

6. Etruscaia

Strada Litoranea Km. 6,900 | Località Pian di Spille, 01016, Tarquinia, Italy +39 346 407 7473
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5 based on 25 reviews

Etruscaia

Etruscaia is an organic vineyard, winery and farm based in the vicinity of the historic Etruscan town of Tarquinia. The property offers wine tastings, cooking classes and private tours. Private meals or events for larger groups such as weddings are also available by appointment. Organic wines, jams and sauces, olive oil and vegetables are available to purchase on site. The property also offers accommodation in two wonderful apartments located on the first floor of the house and overlooking the vineyard on one side and the sea on the other.

Reviewed By SAMANTHA J - Alta Loma, California

I went as a group with 8 of us. Greeted by the owner his wife and puppy!. It is a family owned family worked vineyard. Great event space, food was amazing so fresh from their garden. I was hooked after the first wine offered,usually a white drinker but the rosso converted me. Wish I could have stayed longer. The views from the terrece overlook the vineyard and the sea.

7. Tibidabo Beach

Lungomare delle Nereidi 5, 01016, Tarquinia, Italy +39 0766 868888
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4 based on 63 reviews

Tibidabo Beach

Reviewed By Giannina29 - London, On

Spent three days at this beach, specifically the Nando establishment. The beach chairs and umbrellas offered for a fee were comfortable and necessary in the heat. It is a black sand beach therefore can get very hot. The beach was clean.
The Nando's establishment was clean and had a varied menu and was reasonably priced.

8. Etruscopolis

Via delle Pietrare SNC, 01016, Tarquinia, Italy +39 0766 855175
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4 based on 35 reviews

Etruscopolis

Reviewed By David A

An eye opening view into the past. The. Tombs are incredible! So well preserved. The paintings in the tombs still retain their original colors. Each is beautiful in their own way!

9. Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco

Via di Porta Tarquinia 24, 01016, Tarquinia, Italy +39 0766 840848
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco

Reviewed By KTGP - Adelaide, Australia

This very unadorned church, is built on the site where allegedly St. Francis performed a miracle, by saving the lives of some children. The church was built the end of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th century. It underwent heavy restoration in the 16th century, thereby altering the building completely. In 1959 more work took place, with the aim of restoring the church back to its original structure. The beautiful rose window is decorative and the bell tower was constructed in 1612 replacing an earlier tower. The convent houses the Friars of the Immaculate and cannot be visited.
There is a lovely Fountain and benches in Piazza Padre Alberto Daga, just in front of the church, it is a good place to sit and admire the church, while watching people coming and going.

10. Porta di Castello e Torrione detto di Matilde di Canossa

Via di Porta Castello, 01016, Tarquinia, Italy
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Porta di Castello e Torrione detto di Matilde di Canossa

Reviewed By KTGP - Adelaide, Australia

We had just finished visiting the beautiful Santa Maria di Castello and could see Porta di Castello e Torrione ditto di Matilde di Canossa, in the distance. On reaching the 30 metre high round tower, it had interesting double gates, in the wall which were off centre from one another, this was to stop the use of a battering ram. The defensive system was built 15th century. Not sure if tourists are able to walk above the wall which connect the two square towers, nothing was obviously open when we were there.
The walk to the arch and tower is very pretty, with a cobbled lane, stone wall both sides, with greenery overflowing the top and the street is lined with potted plants.

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