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THE MYSTERY OF THE ETRUSCANS

DAY 1 MADRID – ROME Meeting in Madrid-Barajas Airport to leave on a flight to Rome. Arrival in Rome. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 ROME Breakfast. Morning panoramic tour of the city in which we highlight the Colosseum, the Imperial Fora, Arch of Constantine, Piazza Venice with the monument a Victor Manuel II. Lunch. In the afternoon you can take a tour of the National Archaeological Museum of Giulia (noting the Apollo of Veyes, Sarcophagus of the Spouses and gold laminates of Pyrgi) or of the Etruscan Gregorian Museum (inside the Vatican). Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 ROME – CERVETERI – TARQUINIA – VITERBO Breakfast and about 45 Km. from Rome we will see Cerveteri. To the northeast, the Necrópoli della Banditaccia has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Of its 400 hectares, ten are dedicated to the visit, and it still has some four hundreds of tombs, authentic homes for the afterlife of the dead. Tarquinia is only about 40 Km. away. Lunch. The Etruscan Tarquinia was one of the oldest Etruscan settlements and one the most important in the Dodecapolis of Etruria. It maintained realtions with Rome from the earliest period, giving this city the dynasty of The Tarquini. We will visit the Etruscan Necropolis (Tomb of the Baron from the 6th century A.D., Tomb of the Leopards 5th century B.C.). After the visits, we head toward Viterbo. Dinner and the Lodging.

DAY 4 VITERBO – BOMARZO – ORVIETO Breakfast. Viterbo, with its walls, presents an imposing medieval air. The Neighborhood of San Pellegrino, Piazza di San Lorenzo, and the Palazzo dei Papi (12th century) stand out. Lunch. Departure to take a tour of Lante di Bagnaia, town from the 15th century made according to a project of Vignola. We will finish the intense day with the tour of the Bomarzo Gardens. At the feet of this town is the park of the Monsters. The park was imagined by the architect Pirro Ligorio and commissioned by the Prince Pier Francesco Orsini Vicino “soley for the purpose of consoling the heart…” destroyed by the death of his wife Giulia Farnese. Fantastic and oniric visit. Continuation to Orvieto. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 ORVIETO – TODI – PERUGIA Breakfast. Orvieto, another city of Etruscan origin, is worthy of an entire morning. Clement VII took refuge in this strongly fortified square during the sack of Rome in 1527. The Duomo (Chapel of San Brizio decorated by Luca Signorelli), Saint Patrick’s Well, Palace of the Popolo, and the Quartiere Vecchio stand out. Lunch and departure for Todi. City which features 3 walled, concentric areas. This unknown city surprises with its unsurpassing beauty and medieval charm. Continuation to the capital of Umbria: Perugia. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 PERUGIA Breakfast. The authentic urban nucleus of Perugia was formed around the 6th century B.C. at the hands of the Etruscans, and it was included among tje cities of the Etruscan dodecapolis. Today it houses among other things the most prestigious university for foreigners in Italy, giving it a great street environment. It is worthwhile spending the entire day visiting Perugia. Lunch. We can stroll through its streets and admire its monuments such as the Etruscan Wall and Etruscan Bridge, Hipogeo dei Volumni (Etruscan tomb), 4 of November Square, Fontana maggiore, Cathedral of San Lorenzo and Oratorio de San Bernardino, Renaissance jewel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 PERUGIA – AREZZ0 – SIENA – FLORENCE Breakfast. Departure for Arezzo. Another of the twelve cities that made of the confederation of the Etruscan dodecapolis. The city where La Vita é bella was filmed houses the following treasures: Church of Saint Francis (in whose presbytery are found the frescos of Piero della Francesca, History of the True Cross), Church of Saint Mary delle Piave. the marvelous Piazza Grande and the Duomo. Lunch and departure to Siena. Although Siena does not stand out for its Etruscan legacy, it does as an example of the Middle Ages in it maximum splendor. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, it is necessary to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site: Piazza del Campo, where they celebrate the famous Palio Race, continuation of the trip to Florence Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 FLORENCE Breakfast. City tour of the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance where we can contemplate the Santa Croce, the Piazza della Signoria, the famous Ponte Vecchio, Santa Maria di Fiori. Lunch. Free time to continue discovering this lovely city. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 9 FLORENCE – ROME Breakfast. Departure for Rome. Lunch en route and continuation to Rome. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 10 ROME – MADRID Breakfast and Free time until time to transfer to the airport to take the flight to Madrid. Arrival and END OF TRIP