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Spend days learning about central Italy’s ancient Etruscan civilization, dining at time-honored pizzerias and relaxing at beaches on the west coast near the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Tarquinia is a welcoming destination that offers a mix of historic and natural attractions. Ruled by both the Etruscans and Romans, Tarquinia went on to become a medieval stronghold. Today, the town’s hassle-free ambiance is the antidote to bustling tourist centers such as Florence and Rome.

A major town attraction is the UNESCO-protected Etruscan ruins called Necropoli di Monterozzi. This 3,000-year-old underground burial ground is home to hundreds of tombs, many decorated with frescoes that portray traditional Etruscan activities. Discover more about the life of the Etruscans, one of Italy’s earliest civilizations, at Museo Nazionale Tarquiniense.

Tarquinia’s old town is typical of those in Viterbo’s hill towns with narrow streets that lead past Renaissance-era palaces to photogenic plazas. Drink from the water of the fountain set at the heart of Piazza Giacomo Matteotti. Admire the arresting architecture of the churches: Chiesa di San Pancrazio, Chiesa di Santa Maria di Castello and Chiesa del Salvatore. Browse exhibitions of sacred paintings, sculptures and tapestries at the Carlos Chenis Museum of Sacred Art.

Sit at a square and watch as children play games, courting couples meet and groups of men and women gather for an afternoon chat. Be enticed by the alluring smells that flow from the bakeries. Join locals in celebrating the end of the working day with an aperitif or glass of wine at the town bars. Dine on homemade pasta at trattorias and sample authentic margherita pizza at pizzerias.

Drive west from the town center to reach the glorious Tyrrhenian Sea coastline. Bask in the warm summer sunshine at the public access areas and private beach clubs at Lido di Tarquinia and Tibidabo Beach. Alternatively, enjoy some family-friendly fun at Parco Avventura Riva dei Tarquini adventure playground.

Reach Tarquinia by flying to Rome and then take a bus or rent a car from there. Extend your stay to visit the picturesque hill towns of Viterbo province, including Vitorchiano and Soriano nel Cimino.

Top hotels in Tarquinia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
La Torraccia
La Torraccia
3 out of 5
Viale Mediterraneo 45, Tarquinia Lido, Tarquinia, VT
The price is £81 per night

Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Tarquinia Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Marta. Tarquinia Country Club and National Etruscan Museum ...

3.9/5Good! (21 reviews)
Good quiet location

"Close to beach in quiet road towards edge of resort. Clean & comfortable rooms but fairly basic. Showers and decor could do with an upgrade/refresh. No t&c facilities in the room. Walking distance to amenities. Friendly staff and helpful but you’d need a certain amount of Italian to communicate fully. ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2018

La Torraccia
Casale dell'Asco
Casale dell'Asco
The price is £63 per night

Situated in Tarquinia, this agritourism property is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and within 9 miles (15 km) of National Etruscan Museum ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Bellissimo agriturismo a conduzione familiare...sono davvero felice di averlo scelto! Merita 10 e lode per la pulizia, la bellezza del luogo immerso nella natura ma vicino al mare, la gentilezza dei proprietari e l’ottima cucina!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020

Casale dell'Asco
Hotel Paradiso
Hotel Paradiso
2 out of 5
Via Degli Oleandri, Riva Dei Tarquini, Tarquinia
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £45 per night

Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tarquinia Country Club, Tarquinia Beach and Marta. National Etruscan Museum of ...

3.6/5Good! (10 reviews)

"Antonio e la sua famiglia sono stati deliziosi. Gentili, accoglienti e simpatici, una bella sorpresa! Siamo partite prestissimo e non abbiamo avuto la possibilità di fare colazione, ma siamo sicure che sarebbe stata squisita come la cena! Infatti, abbiamo mangiato proprio a due passi dalla camera ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Hotel Paradiso

Popular places to visit in Tarquinia

Tarquinia Beach
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Tarquinia Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Tarquinia Beach during your travels in Tarquinia? Amble around the area's waterfront or experience its art scene.

Port of Civitavecchia
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Port of Civitavecchia

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Civitavecchia with a trip to Port of Civitavecchia. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Lake Bolsena
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Lake Bolsena

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Boat and fish on the crystal clear waters of this crater lake formed by an extinct volcano. Walk or cycle along the shoreline, snap photographs or try your hand at painting the scenic views.

The Tarot Garden
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The Tarot Garden

5/5(1 review)

Enjoy a trip to The Tarot Garden, a well-known attraction in Pescia Fiorentina. Discover the area's hot springs and spas.

Castello Odescalchi
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Castello Odescalchi

4/5(2 reviews)

Find out about the history of Bracciano when you take a trip to Castello Odescalchi. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's countryside.

Lake Bracciano
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Lake Bracciano

5/5(1 review)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lake Bracciano during your travels in Lake Bracciano. Wander the lakeside or discover the countryside in this romantic area.

Top things to do in Tarquinia

Shore Excursion: Rome on Your Own
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Shore Excursion: Rome on Your Own

£42
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Rome Hop-on, Hop-off Tour with Cruise Port Transfer
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Rome Hop-on, Hop-off Tour with Cruise Port Transfer

£58
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Rome The Complete Tour
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Shore Excursion: Rome The Complete Tour

£73
Per adult
Private Shore Excursion: Vatican, Colosseum & Rome Tour
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Private Shore Excursion: Vatican, Colosseum & Rome Tour

£501
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Tour to Lake Bracciano & Odescalchi Castle
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Private Tour to Lake Bracciano & Odescalchi Castle

£446
Per adult
Etruscan Highlights from Civitavecchia Port
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Etruscan Highlights from Civitavecchia Port

£594
Per adult

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