Monterano – Tarquinia
The Etruscan Trails – A ring routes in the ancient Etruscan town of Tarch (u) ,that shows the remains of the majestic “Ara della Regina” and the forest of Turquoise, the hunting reserve of Lucumoni. We visit the painted tombs of Tarquinia and the Archaeological Museum, between Tolfa Mounts and Sabatini Mountains, up to Monterano with its small caves covered with dense vegetation and pools of boiling water,as evidence of ancient volcanic activity in the area.
The evocative ruins of Monterano offer visitors an incomparable place for its charm and intriguing beauty. This scenary comes straight out the Hell’s Dantesque, where among a dense and tangled vegetation, interrupted by wide spaces, there are monuments built in different eras in an unusual and imaginative blend between arts and landscape. You can thus see how the Etruscan burial grounds at the base of the hill became basements, next to the imposing Roman architectures such as the acqueduct, the medieval castle which later became the baronial palace and some for the Renaissence Convent of St. Bonaventure and the Baron’s fortress.
The picturesque and charming ruins of Monterano , have been since the 50s of last century, the great place loved by many filmmakers to shoot scenes for their films. The frame of the abandoned village has offered an optimal sets for masterpieces such as “Ben Hur” with Charlton Heston or Italian films such as “Brancaleone at the Crusades” with Vittorio Gassman and “Il Marchese del Grillo” with Alberto Sordi.
Duration: 2 days
Cost: 360 €, including equestrian excursion with guide + lunch + dinner + breakfast + overnight