From Lonely Planet. . .
Some 90km northwest of Rome, Tarquinia is the pick of Lazio’s Etruscan towns. The highlight is the magnificent Unesco-listed necropolis and its extraordinary frescoed tombs, but there’s also a fantastic Etruscan museum (the best outside of Rome) and an atmospheric medieval centre.
Legend holds that Tarquinia was founded towards the end of the Bronze Age in the 12th century BC. It was later home to the Tarquin kings of Rome, reaching its peak in the 4th century BC, before a century of struggle ended with surrender to Rome in 204 BC.
The frescoes in the tombs are amazing.
By 10 am the sun was high, hot, and we were ready to move on.
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