How much time should I allot to visit Tarquinia? I'd like to see the tombs, walled city and museum.
It depends on what day you will be there. If it's Sunday 3 hours will do it. Nothing's open except the museum. And the information office closes at 1PM.
If you're going to take the bus from Civitavecchia, be very aware that they don't run both ways and a good time. And if you get to the main plaza, and see the walled arch opening, get off the bus there!!! Or, as in our case, it's a REALLY LONG walk back to town. The train is the best way back to the port, and you need to pick up a local city bus .80 Euro, to the train station. About 3 Euro to take the train back. And you ned to buy the train ticket at the tobacco shop by the information office.
The museum is very interesting, but buy the English audio guide as not much else is printed in English. I know we missed a lot, but we also lost a lot of time on the WALK back.
Again on Sunday not a lot was open and we had lunch at a little pizza shop across from the tobacco shop. It was good just to sit and have pizzza and beer, at a fair price.
Thanks a lot for your reply! Are you suggesting the train back to Civitavecchia because its times are more frequent and service more reliable?Edited: 18 June 2011, 19:07
Yes, the train costs the same as the bus. You need to be aware the train station is a distance from the town. Reachable by local bus. The city Information Office, has terrific information for all local needs. At the city gates there are maps and signs showing the info office. But they may close @ 1PM. I 'd go there first.
We took the bus from cruise port 2 weeks ago and had no problems with the bus. The buses on a Saturday were running every 50 minutes or so and dropped us right off at the town entrance. The bus stop was next to a tourist information office that gave us a reliable map. The bus stop was also within a block of the museum. We went to the museum, the tombs and walked around the town just a bit. We were in the town for about 4 and 1/2 hours. It was enough for us, but we were traveling with teens. Note that many of the stores close for a few hours in the afternoon starting at 1:00 p.m. Plan your shopping accordingly.
Yes the train back is the only way to go, considering the time tables for the buses. But check the train tables too, every day seems to be different.
We visited here on 9 July 2012. We had a problem with buses they only went from the port to the Tarquinia and the connecting bus into town had gone so we had to wait for the next one. Being a Monday all the tourist sights were closed so we just wandered around and had a lovely lunch. We did check the Info Centre and there were buses that from in front of Info Centre which dropped us off directly at the Port.
With no promises as to their reliability, there are details of opening times and days here....
Given the way such things tend to fall behind, perhaps an idea to quickly check that the Italian version looks the same...
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