Tarquinia and the Etruscan Necropolis

Tarquinia is a charming city of about 16,000 souls, about 54miles (86km) north east of Rome. One of the original 12 cities of the Etruscans, Tarquinia is a disarming place filled with churches, a market, and, despite being a touristy town, the feel of a real working town that's just getting on with life. A lovely city that's worth a visit in its own right, but we were there for another reason, the 6000 Etruscan tombs....

Etruscan tomb

Long-time readers will know of my fascination with the Etruscans. Sometimes though, life gets in the way and I don't get to see as much of them as I would like. This time though, I managed to squeeze in a trip to Tarquinia. So, like a modern day D.H.Lawrence (he of Etruscan Places), here's my account of the trip. Etruscans, un caffé, and a spot of getting lost on the way.