The tour has been designed for guests who have already seen the famous attractions and beauties of Rome, and are looking for a truly wonderful and exceptional excursion.
From Civitavecchia or Rome, after approx. 1 hour drive through beautiful surrounding valleys, you will arrive to Tuscania, a very ancient town whose origins can be traced back to the Bronze Age. A significant stability of human settlements dates back to the Etruscan period, as witnessed by the numerous necropolis in this area. Etruscans and their ancient history (IV-V cen.) made Tuscania a powerful city thanks to the creation of a compact road network.
With the rise of the Roman dominion in central Italy, most of the Etruscan settlements disappeared, but Tuscania resisted as one of the most important cities, thanks to its advanced architectural development (bath, aqueducts, etc.). After the Etruscan and Roman periods, this area was first depopulated as a result of the Barbarian invasions and then underwent new urbanization, starting in the eighth century. Over the centuries, some of the most beautiful Italian churches were built in Tuscania. Take a look at a beautiful view from the Restaurant “La Torre di Lavello”.
The two most important churches represent a temporary architectural passage of the Romanic style: San Pietro, with its remarkable façade, the stunning rose-window and the crypt, and Santa Maria Maggiore, just below San Pietro, with its three finely decorated portals. Tuscania, with a population of 8.000, appears today in all its splendor to its visitors, offering a historical town Center with its characteristic fourth-fifth century architecture, enriched by fifty-two churches and numerous fountains.
On the way to Tuscania, we can stop at the Tuscia Olive oil Factory to have a taste!
For lunch we will stop in Ceri, an incredible small village built on the top of a hill made of ‘tufo’: since the 9th Century B.C., it preserves the magic atmosphere of those times and, of course, the typical Italian trattoria where you’ll enjoy a dish of Pappardelle Pasta with Wild Boar meatballs, salad, and the local dessert …mmm yummy!
Cerveteri and the Banditaccia Necropoli will be the next stop. With your tour guide, you’ll visit the tombs of the Etruscans and the beautiful frescos inside. You’ll be able to walk in and discover in the dark the city of death carved into the “tufo rock” 2.500 years ago!
Back to Rome around 5 P.M.