|A visit to Tarquinia begins at the Etruscan Museum|
Thanks to Sherri, a American residing in Tarquinia, I made some wonderful discoveries yesterday.
|in the Etruscan Museum, Tarquinia|
The Etruscan town famous for its painted Etruscan tombs is only a short drive from my home in Vetralla and even closer to Civitavecchia’s port, making it a perfect trip for cruise passengers looking for an alternative to Rome excursions.
Sherri’s website and work in promoting the area led me to discover a couple of magical gardens that few get to visit.
|view of Tarquinia from the garden|
The first garden is that surrounding an elegant villa estate which once belonged to a 19th century Cardinal.
|rare breed at home in Tarquinia|
The new owners Celeste and Franco have transformed the villa into an elegant B&B of only three rooms. Check out the video.
Across the valley, near Santa Maria del Castello, is the other garden, studded with sculptures and roaming peacocks.
|Etruscan sphinx by a local sculptor|
|Maremma cowboy statue|
Owner Bruno has dedicated decades of hard manual labor to create this magical place in an area previously ignored by the people of Tarquinia, for it is adjacent to the former slaughter house.
|Sherri's private swimming pool|
We plan to return in about a month when everything is blossoming, but for now here are a few photos.
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For more information about this area take a look at my website. The only books in English (and a new one in Italian) about this area can be ordered directly from the website.