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Tarquinia and the Etruscans Shore Excursion

a cruise excursion in Civitavecchia (Rome)

Duration: 9 hours
Languages: EN
  • Local prices from local partners
  • Timely return to your cruise ship
  • Cruise friendly cancellation policy

Enjoy a private shore excursion directly from your ship in Civitavecchia. Our expert and courteous, English-speaking driver will pick you up in a luxury vehicle and take you to visit the fascinating town of Tarquinia to learn about the ancient Etruscan population.

Leaving the Civitavecchia dock at the prearranged time, you will drive northeast through the countryside to reach after approximately half hour Tarquinia, the greatest Etruscan museum in the world, with well-preserved sarcophagi, aintings, tombs, frescoes from the 6th to 1st centuries B.C. and the largest Etruscan necropolis.

The Etruscans were mysterious people who populated central Italy long before the days of Rome's greatness, People far advanced in civilization the Etruscans (apparently they called themselves Tyrrhenians) rose to prosperity and power, then almost disappeared from history, leaving behind themselves unsolved questions about their origin and culture. A common theory is that they came from Asia Minor and they would be the Lydians described by the Greek historian Herodotus who left Asia because of famine and colonized northern and central Italy.

They commenced with the Greeks, the Phoenicians and the Egyptians and they were obviously influenced by those cultures. They tried to overrule the Romans by merging with them rather than trying to conquer them; the last three of the “seven kings of Rome” were in fact Etruscan. It seems that the Romans changed from kingdom to democracy just to get rid of the Etruscan kings. The heart of Southern Etruria, Etruscan capital, mediaeval township, archaeological site of international fame and an intense cultural life, rises 133m above sea-level on a plateau from which it scenically overlooks the Marta River valley and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Visit the aristocratic Palazzo Vitelleschi, in itself a masterpiece of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, now housing the National Museum. Proceed the visit to The Etruscan necropolis, just outside the town that includes the most beautiful and well-preserved tombs of the ancient world, which bear witness to the cult of the dead of a fascinating and enigmatic people. They are unique in themselves and only comparable with the Egyptian tombs. Enjoy lunch in a typical trattoria in Tuscania. Tuscania was a powerful Etruscan town. Near the town, particularly along rivers, there are many Etruscan and Roman necropolis, with Etruscan tombs that has returned many things of Curunas family (IV- II cent. B.C.), now in show, with furnishings, inside Archaeological National Museum of S.Maria del Riposo (XV cent.). In Medieval historical center the beautiful Roman basilica of San Pietro (VIII-XI-XIII cent.) stands on the old Etruscan acropolis, and has a 13th century façade with symbols of the Evangelists.

The interior has massive 11th century columns with beautiful capitals and decorative paving. A second church, Santa Maria Maggiore (VIII-XII cent.), now out of the inhabited area and completely surrounded from his boundaries, is also worth seeing.

In the afternoon, return to Civitavecchia pier.

Why this excursion?

  • Luxury vehicles
  • English-speaking drivers
  • All taxes, tolls, fuel, parking fees included
  • Courteous and personal service
  • Shore excursions can be customized within reason
  • All vehicles are fully insured according to Italian law

Important remarks

  • Available: all year round
  • Tour length: 9 hours
  • Pick up - drop off location: at your ship in the Civitaveccia Port
  • Pick up time (suggested): 8.00am (according to your ship schedule)

CANCELLATIONS

  • No charge will be applied for cancellations made up to 15 days prior to the service date;
  • Cancellations made 7 days prior to the service date: 50% charge
  • Cancellations made 48 hours prior to the service date: 75% charge
  • Cancellations made 24 hours of less or no show: 100% charge
  • ONLY FOR CRUISERS: no penalty if the ship doesn't dock in port, due to weather or unforeseen circumstances
  • Cancellations must be made in writing. E-mail is sufficient, but must be acknowledged by us to confirm receipt.

TRANSFERS - DELAYS/CANCELLATIONS/CHANGES
If your arrival flight / train / is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, no charge will be made, if we've been advised of it. If you miss/change your flight / train, you must advise us as soon as possible. The quoted price include one hour after the arranged pick up time at no extra charge. Our drivers monitor all flights before they leave our garages and adjust the time they leave accordingly. If however the flight arrival time is amended due to delays following the driver's arrival at the airport, then additional waiting time (after the first hour included in the agreed price) will be charged at our basic hourly rate (Euro 50.00/hr). If, as a result of extreme delays the driver is required to return to the airport in order to collect the client, then this will be at our the convenience. The Company is obliged to carry out other pre-booked reservations, and cannot cause delays and inconvenience to other clients as a result of flight delays. If, upon arrival at the airport, you can't find your driver you must contact us as soon as possible.

TRANSFERS - NON ARRIVAL
If the client fails to arrive on the flight/train detailed at the time of reservation then the driver shall wait for a maximum of 2 hours starting from the scheduled pick up time. If after this time the client fails to arrive, and advise us, the driver will leave the airport/station and an extra charge of Euro 50.00, will be incurred for the additional hour (not included in the price). NO REFUND will be issued.

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS &  SHORE EXCURSIONS
If you are on a ship, and your Cruise Company decide to cancel the reserved port of call, you must advise us, as soon as possible, so we can cancel the service before the car leave the garage, and no charge will be made. If the Cruise Company decide to change the reserved port of call, you must advise us, as soon as possible, so according to your needs and our availability, we can re-schedule the service with all of the new details, including the price that may vary, due to logistic reasons. If you failed to advise us and you do not arrive we will consider and charge it as a NO SHOW.

Included

  • Luxury air conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking driver
  • All taxes, parking, tolls, fuel and driver maintenance

Not included

  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees, if required - unless otherwise specified
  • Gratuities

Start location

At the Civitaveccchia Port directly at your ship gangway

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