• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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For a fascinating historical shore excursion from Civitavecchia, take this private independent day trip to the hill towns of Tarquinia and Tuscania, home to ancient Etruscan sites. You’ll have a private driver who chauffeurs you to both towns, where you’re free to explore on your own to see what interests you. Perhaps visit Tarquinia’s necropolis or see tombs at the Etruscan museum, and explore the medieval center of Tuscania, home to the Basilica of San Pietro. When you’re in the car, learn from your driver about the history of the Etruscan people.  


  • Full-day private shore excursion to Tarquinia and Tuscania from Civatevecchia
  • Enjoy an independent day trip with private transport, allowing you to explore at your own pace
  • Visit the Etruscan museum in Tarquinia and learn how the Etruscans rose to prosperity and power
  • See the aristocratic Palazzo Vitelleschi -- a masterpiece of Gothic-Renaissance architecture
  • Explore the medieval historical center of Tuscania and admire the Basilica of San Pietro
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Tarquinia and Tuscania

Tombs in the Etruscan necropolis

When your ship docks at the Civitavecchia port, your shore excursion starts by meeting your private driver for the 30-minute journey through the Italian region of Latium to Tarquinia, an ancient hill town known for its Etruscan archaeological attractions.

During the drive, listen to some of the history of the Etruscan people from your guide, who tells you how they lived in central Italy long before the Romans and then seemingly disappeared. Your driver can also give you tips about the sights you might want to see (all entrance fees are at your own expense) before you arrive in Tarquinia, where you’ll be dropped off to explore independently.

Perhaps check out the Etruscan museum to marvel at artifacts such as frescoes from the 6th to 1st centuries BC and well-preserved stone coffins, known as sarcophagi. You can walk to the necropolis (large burial ground) for a look at one of the world’s best-preserved ancient tombs, or visit Palazzo Vitelleschi, an impressive example of Gothic-Renaissance architecture.

Return to your private vehicle for the drive to Tuscania, where you might want to enjoy an Italian lunch at a local restaurant, or wander around the medieval historic center to check out the Basilica of San Pietro, a 13th-century Roman basilica that stands on Tuscania’s ancient Etruscan acropolis. When your time is up, your day trip ends with the drive back to Civitavecchia. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Civitavecchia port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Customer Reviews

Randall B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We booked this trip by mistake but it turned out to be a wonderful adventure that we will never forget. The lunch was to die for. We really enjoyed this trip.


4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

The driver does not do this tour very often so he didn't know much information about the two towns. He did manage to call around and find a wonderful winery for us to,spend some time at. Otherwise, there is probably too much time allowed for these two quaint but delightful towns.

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