Population: c. 15,200
Surface area: 279 km2
Metres above sea level: 169
From the Etruscan (pre-Roman) "Tarchna"
or "Tarchuna". The legend goes that as
a farmer was ploughing a field close by the River
Marta, a young yet wise god emerged from the earth
and taught the Etruscans their religion. Tarchon
(brother or son of Tyrrhenius who guided the Etruscans
to Italy after the Battle of Troy (1180 B.C.) founded
a sacred city at that spot, called Tarchna.
Tarquinia is famed for its ferlengi
truffles (tartufo nero estivo or scorzone),
and wine (Tarquinia D.O.C. and Lazio I.G.T.),
tomatoes (for canning) and (needless to say) fish.
Quick guide to Tarquinia
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