From Civitavecchia Port if you have already seen Rome and you prefer to do something different.
Meet your private air-conditioned vehicle dockside under the gangway exit of your ship and transfer directly to the area of the tour. The driver will wait for you at the pier just outside the ship with a sign with your name on.
Leaving Ceri and traveling through the charming picturesque countryside with its abundant vineyards and centuries-old olive groves, we reach Cerveteri with one of the largest archeological sites in Italy: the Banditaccia (a UNESCO heritage site).
This archeology site is unquestionably one of the most important in all of Etruria and one of the most monumental of the entire Mediterranean world with findings dating from the 9th century BC to the Greek-Roman period.
The necropolis of Cerveteri (Banditaccia) developed from the 9th century BCE. It expanded from the 7th century on, following a precise plan. It covers an area of 400 ha, of which 10 ha can be visited, encompassing a total of 1,000 tombs often housed in characteristic mounds. It is the largest ancient necropolis in the Mediterranean area.
The necropolis contains thousands of tombs organized in a city-like plan, with streets, small squares and neighbourhoods.
The village as it looks today was founded in 1236, when the inhabitants of its Caere neighbor abandoned the former to be better protected by rock formations. Perched on a spur of volcanic tuff rock with a ring of battlemented walls encircles the old houses that look onto the small square and nestle around the sanctuary to the Virgin Mary, which stands on an ancient site where Etruscans and Romans venerated the cult of the goddess Vesta. In 1980, during a restoration, frescoes from approximately the 12th century, representing some scenes drawn from Old Testament were discovered on a wall of the church building.
Looking up at the town from below, the mansion of the noble Torlonia family is clearly visible. The full history of the Borgo di Ceri – from the Etruscans to the Romans and medieval habitation – can be seen in the architecture of this castle. And during the Renaissance period, noble families left their mark on the town as they passed through. These are clearly visible also inside the sanctuary, in particular in the frescoes depicting passages from the Bible and in the inlaid Cosmati-style flooring.
The surroundings of this town are of major archeological, historical and natural significance and provide a setting of rare beauty. In fact, it is in the largest archeological area of Europe, the land of the Etruscans.
It appears as a fortified village – with its watchtowers, moat and enclosure wall – clearly testifying its medieval origin. The Castle became the setting of magnificent banquets and hunting parties, while multicolored peacocks roamed through archeological ruins and juniper trees. The castle, as it is today, is just like it was at the time of the Falconieri Family. The frescoes are perfectly preserved: we can still witness the celebrations that took place during the 1725 Jubilee Year, when Alessandro Falconieri commissioned Ghezzi to decorate the first floor with scenes depicting Pope Benedict the Thirteenth’s visit to the castle.
It is located inside the medieval “Borgo” village of Torre in Pietra. It was built in the 12th century by digging into the tufa hills behind the Castel. In the thirties, while digging the connecting tunnel between the two caverns, two mammoth tusks were found here.
The estate extends over 150 hectares amongst gentle hills composed of tufa and breccia. This type of terroir is particularly suited to the cultivation of vines. The average altitude of the vineyards is 50 metres above sea level. The estate is in the Fiumicino area and all of the vineyards are located within the D.O.C. Tarquinia appellation.
You will be able to visit the Cantina Castello di Torre in Pietra wine estate where you can taste local wine, buy some of the products, visit the cellar and go for a walk on one of the wood’s itineraries.
The tour begins with a stroll along the vineyards followed by a visit of the cellar. You will be briefly acquainted with the fermentation area, the wood-aging room, the bottling and the bottle-aging areas. During the visit you will learn more about the territory, the wine estate and technical aspects of wine production.
It is possible to taste the local wines during the tour.
ENTRANCE TICKETS can be booked on site (there is no line):
Cerveteri Etruscan’s Ruins:
We suggest to visit inside the Cerveteri Etruscan’s Ruins for 3 hours. You can visit on your own or with a private guide.
Anyway you can rent the Audio-Guides at the entrance instead if you don’t want the certified guide.
Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. We select only the most experienced and reliable drivers, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Please specify in the NOTES field of your reservation if you need child seat and the child’s age.
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Extra hours €50,00 Euros per hour.
All of our rates are in Euros. The price includes tolls, parking and VAT; it doesn’t include gratuities, licensed guide, tickets for monuments or museums, food and drinks and any eventual extras.