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Tarquinia's cathedral

Piazza del Duomo
Tel: 0766.856036

Built on the site of an earlier church, former building was destroyed in a fire back in 1643, the Duomo, dedicated to Santa Margherita, dates back to 1759, though the capella maggiore is from the 15th Century and contains some interesting frecoes by Antonio da Viterbo, known to the art world as "Il Pastura".

How to get there:
From the main entrance to town (Barriera San Guisto) take the first turning on the left, Via Mazzini, (running along Palazzo Vitelleschi - the National Archaeological Museum).


Museum of Sacred Art

Palazzo Vescovile di Tarquinia, Via Roma
Opening hours: Weekends, 10.00-12.00 and 4.00 - 7.00 p.m.
Tickets: Free entry

Tarquinia's bishopric is the seat of the Civitavecchia/Tarquinia Museum of Sacred Art. During the restructuring of this Renaissance palace (1737-1752) several frescoes were discovered. The Museum contains a gallery of religious art from the churches in the diocese.

How to get there:
From the main entrance to town (Barriera San Guisto) go across Piazza Cavour on the right. Go half way down Via Roma: the Museum is on your right.

Palazzo Vitelleschi National Museum - Tarquinia

Piazza Cavour
Tel.: +39 0766/856036
Mobile: +39.339/17333156
Opening hours: 8.30 a.m. - 7.30 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Tickets: Free entry if under 18 / over 65; student ticket 18 - 25; discounted combined ticket Museum & Necropolis

Built in 1436-1439 for Cardinal Giovanni Vitelleschi, this Gothic-Renaissance palace now houses one of Italy's most important Etruscan museums. The sarcophagi and everyday objects (pottery, utensils, weapons, ornaments and ex-voto) give you an insight into the Etruscan way of life. The Salone delle Feste contains some excellent examples of Greek and Etruscan pottery, such as the Nikosthenes vase (C5th BC) and the Phintias amphora (late C6th BC). Then there are bucchero (black pottery) items, Corinthian and Attic vases showing how the techniques and tastes evolved with themes ranging from everyday activities to the divine, athletics, Greek myths, eroticism etc., plus artefacts from earlier times (the Villanovan period) and the Etruscan-Roman era. The rooms on the first floor contain frescoes from the four tombs in the Necropolis (the tombs of the Triclinium, the Ship, the Olympiad and the Chariot), as well as coins, jewellery, armour plates and enigmatic bucchero female figurines.

Not to be missed: the famous terracotta Winged Horses statue that used to decorate the grand temple of the Ara della Regina in Civita (Tarchna).

How to get there:
Just inside the main entrance to town (Barriera San Guisto), on the left.



Pottery Museum

Palazzo dei Priori, Via delle Torre, 29/33 (near Piazza Verdi)
Tel.: 0766/858194
Opening hours: 10.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. - 4.00 - 6.00 p.m. (closed Sat. pm and Sundays).
Tickets: Free entry

The Palazzo dei Priori, a particularly interesting mediaeval complex built in the 12th Century, is currently the seat of the Pottery Museum with the important "Giuseppe Cultrera" collection (13th to 18th Century), containing 100 everyday items from Italy and abroad.
Set up in December 1993 by Società Tarquiniense di Arte e Storia.

How to get there:
From the main entrance to town (Barriera San Guisto) go straight up the main street (Corso Vittorio Emanuele) and take the second road on the left (at the beginning of Piazza Trento e Trieste), follow the road around and you'll find the museum in front of you with its unmistakable 4 towers.