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Etruscan Italy

The origins of the Etruscans may be lost to prehistory, but remains of this ancient people lie scattered across the landscape and displayed in impressive museum exhibits. Enriched by the mining and commerce of metal, Etruscan civilization reached its peak in the 6th century BCE. Join us as we travel across Italy and explore a region once dominated by this culture.

May 3 -17, 2017 (15 Days)
$6,450 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $895

May 2 – 16, 2018
September 26 – October 10, 2018
15 Days

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Follow the fortunes of the Etruscans through their former home — along the dramatic Tyrrhenian coast of western Italy
  • Enjoy a special visit to Cetamura archaeological site, where our scholar excavates, and to the lab for an artifact-handling session

  • Discover the impressive collection of Etruscan art at the Medieval Villa Giulia, home to the National Etruscan Museum
  • Get lost in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, on an afternoon to spend in the romantic city at our leisure

Meals: All breakfasts, 11 lunches & 6 dinners

2017 ITINERARY

Departures from our home cities on May 3. We arrive in Rome on May 4.
Hotel: Hotel Capo d’Africa, Rome.

May 5: ROME
We spend the morning exploring the rich Etruscan collection of the Vatican Museums. This afternoon we explore the Villa Giulia, and discover a veritable treasure trove of Etruscan art on display.
Hotel: Hotel Capo d’Africa, Rome.

May 6: TARQUINIA
Today we leave the glories of Rome and travel to the southern tip of ancient Etruria, Cerveteri, once the Etruscan site of Caere. We explore the remarkably decorated tombs, dating between the 7th and 3rd centuries BCE. This afternoon we visit the Tarquinia Museum, where we discover the famed “Cavalli Alati”, winged horses.
Hotel: Villa Tirreno, Tarquinia.

May 7: VULCI
This morning we visit the Necropolis of Tarquinia, a hauntingly beautiful site with towering graves, noted for the spectacular paintings adorning the tomb walls. Here we discover intricately painted frescoes depicting daily life and activities the Etruscans hoped to enjoy in the afterlife. We travel on to Vulci, a once-powerful Etruscan city, and explore the wealth of Etruscan and Roman ruins that remain.
Hotel: Casafrasi Hotel, Castellina.

May 8: Castellina in Chianti
We begin the day with a visit to the impressive Montecarlvario Tomb, a large tumulus containing four elaborate tombs, and continue on to the museum in Castellina. After lunch we enjoy an exciting trip to our guide’s excavated archaeological site of Cetamura, and visit the site laboratory. We will discuss the site’s importance in understanding the elusive Etruscan culture.
Hotel: Casafrasi Hotel, Castellina.

May 9: VOLTERRA
Today we explore the beautiful ancient Etruscan city of Volterra, famous for its alabaster workshop and 4th century BCE walls and archway. We visit the Porta all’Arco, Roman theater and discover the rich Etruscan exhibit in the Guarnacci Muesum. We travel to Tuscany this afternoon, and have free time to enjoy the striking city of Florence on the Arno river.
Hotel: Florence.

May 10: MARZABOTTO
We venture to the remains of the large Etruscan settlement at Marzabotto. Here we spend a day exploring the remains of Etruscan society. A highlight of the site is ‘the terrace of the temples’, an acropolis considered to be one of the most important Etruscan monuments.
Hotel: Florence.

May 11: FLORENCE
We begin the day with a visit to Florence Archaeological Museum, where we explore the impressive collection of Etruscan art. After lunch we visit Fiesole, the northern tip of ancient Etruria, where we discover an Etruscan temple dedicated to Minerva and a 2,000-seat Roman theater, and visit the local museum.
Hotel: Florence.

May 12: CORTONA
This morning we discover the grand Etruscan tombs of Camucia before traveling to the hill town of Cortona. We spend the afternoon exploring the collection of early Etruscan art in the museum before continuing on through beautiful Tuscan hills into Umbria’s medieval capital, Perugia.
Hotel: Brufini Palace Hotel, Perugia.

May 13: CHIUSI
Today’s excursion begins with a city tour of Perugia. We explore the Archaeological Museum, Priors’ Palace and the “Rocca Paolina”, an excavation of 15th century houses beneath the modern city. Out of the city we discover an Etruscan well and the subterranean Tomb of the Volumnii. This afternoon we visit Chiusi, where we find the Etruscan painted tombs of the Poggio Renzo in the Necropolis, Tomb of the Monkey and the Archaeological Museum’s collection of Etruscan artifacts.
Hotel: Brufini Palace Hotel, Perugia.

May 14: ORVIETO
We begin the day with a drive to Viterbo, a town founded by the Etruscans. We continue on to Orvieto, a beautiful city rising from a sheer tufa plateau. As we approach, the glittering facade of the cathedral dominates the skyline. This afternoon we explore the Etruscan remains of Orvieto, including the vast necropolis of chamber-tombs.
Hotel: Palazzo Piccolomini, Orvieto.

May 15: ORVIETO
We continue our exploration of Orvieto today, beginning with a visit to the Campo della Fiera archaeological site. This afternoon we explore the magnificent cathedral, the labyrinthine underground tunnels of the Etruscan town, and visit the Museo del Duomo. This evening we gather for our farewell meal in Orvieto.
Hotel: Palazzo Piccolomini, Orvieto.

May 16 & 17: ROME & HOME
We travel back to Rome via our final Etruscan site, Veii, famously featured in Livy’s first pentad. This afternoon we enjoy free time to explore splendid Rome.
Hotel: Hotel Capo d’Africa, Rome.
On Day 17, we transfer to the airport for departures home or onward travel.

LED BY

May 2017
Prof Nancy de Grummond

May 2018
Prof Nancy de Grummond

Sep 2018
Expert Scholar TBC

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2018 Tour Details

The origins of the Etruscans may be lost to history, but remains of this ancient people lie scattered across the Italian landscape. Join us as we travel across the country and explore a region once dominated by this culture.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Volterra, one of the last settlements to fall to Rome
  • Discover impressive Etruscan art at the Villa Giulia

  • Sample home-grown wines during delicious tastings

WHAT TO EXPECT

Trading partners and enemies of the Romans, the Etruscans are one of Italy’s most fascinating peoples. While the Romans left us countless written documents, the language of the Etruscans is largely lost. Thus, we rely on a vibrant selection of ceramics, metals, settlements and astonishingly life-like funereal sculpture to piece together Etruscan life and civilization. Traveling through the beautiful Tuscan countryside we visit the famed sites of Tarquinia, Cerveteri, Vulci, among many others. The tour is based in charming Italian hilltowns, with plenty of opportunities to sample the food and culture of the ‘la dolce vita’. Extra date added in 2018 due to popular demand!