|Our leased Citroen took us 4,200 miles|
|Park Hotel Villa Grazioli|
|Our hotel in Marina di Grosseto|
|Our apartment in Castiglione della Pescaia|
|One of Tarquinia's city gates|
|Tarquinia's ancient city walls|
|Tarquinia is churches & towers|
|Santa Maria In Castello 1435|
Tarquinia is one of the most ancient of Etruscan centers and has a myriad of streets and alleys to wander. There are 20 towers within the gates and many churches. Paintings adorned the walls and ceilings of the early Roman church as most people were illiterate and the illustrations told the story of Christianity. Some of the art work has been restored.
Just outside the city gates is a necropolis where the tombs of people from the Etruscan period were first discovered during the Renaissance. Only the aristocracy could afford to have tombs built and painted, and some of the wall paintings have survived to this day. Cement containers from as early as the 11th century BC can also be seen at this site. Cremated remains were placed in urns and then put inside the containers.
We returned our rental car in Civitavecchia and will board the Celebrity Reflection here on October 17. At that point, we will have spent 6 months and 6 days in Europe and another month at sea sailing over and sailing back. We covered a total of 4,500 miles between Italy, Croatia and Austria and stayed in 50 different places.