This area lies mid way between Rome and Tuscany and it boasts both the scenic countryside of the latter and the historical background of the first.
When you drive north from Rome, you immediately enter the area once inhabited by the Etruscans, a fascinating Italic population defeated and then assimilated by the ancient Romans… and as a Roman I have to admit we owe the Etruscan civilisation so much: art and architecture, religion, lifestyle, our alphabet …The Necropolis of Tarquinia has been called “the first chapter in the history of Italian painting” thanks to the frescoed tombs with stunning colours and animated scenes about mythology and everyday life. The archeological museum in Palazzo Vitelleschi contains artefacts from the tombs, some original frescoes and the famous winged horses from the pediment of a temple named “Altar of the Queen”. This fragment was discovered intact in the acropolis of the ancient town of Civita, another possible visit in this area. This museum gives us the chance to explore the medieval town of Tarquinia with its towers, walls, romanesque churches and charming stone houses.