Tarquinia is another fascinating Unesco World Heritage Site, with a necropolis of around 6000 tombs. The town alone, with its well-preserved medieval centre, is worth a visit in its own right, especially as it has a fantastic Etruscan museum housed in a beautiful medieval palazzo. Legend suggests that the town was founded towards the end of the Bronze Age in the 12th century BC. Later home to the Tarquin kings of Rome before the creation of the Roman Republic, it reached its prime in the 4th century BC, before a century of struggle ended with surrender to Rome in 204 BC.
For information about the town and its sights, pop into the tourist office, which is on your left as you walk through the town's medieval gate (Barriera San Giusto).
Tarquinia destination guides
Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Tarquinia and Tuscania Day Trip
While in port in Civitavecchia, discover the achievements of Etruscan culture on a private shore excursion to the ancient hill towns of Tarquinia and Tuscania. This is an independent day trip; your private driver will chauffeur you to the two towns, where you can explore on your own and see what you wish.