Tarchna, Corneto, Tarquinia

The Tarquinia territory, one of the vastest in Italy, stretches from the shadowy woods of Viterbo all the way to the sunny beaches of the Tyrrhenian coast.
Throughout the centuries this land provided food and shelter to numerous peoples.
The present-day Tarquinia, with its pulsing vitality and in full expansion, is the living aspect of a constellation of other cities that died silently and whose traces can still be seen. In summer you can sunbathe on the local beaches and swim in the calm waters of the Tyrrhenian sea, but in any season you can enjoy the coast, the countryside, the woods. The city has a lot to offer at any time of the year.

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Church of Saint John of Jerusalem

This church was erected between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th and since 1182 it has belonged to the Order of the Knights of Malta. The facade is divided into three sections, delineating the nave and aisles inside the church, with the peaked central segment rising above the other two. It is mostly Romanesque in style but it also features Gothic elements in the elaborate rose window and the pointed arches crowning the main portal and lateral doorways. There are three slit windows running along both sides of the church, the ones on the left having slanting sides to channel in as much natural light as possible. The apse is also quite intricate with its six cuspidated buttresses pushing the walls inwards for greater stability as well as thrusting them upwards, features which are all exquisitely Gothic, along with the seven single-lancet windows with rounded arches placed between them. Inside, the nave and aisles are all the same size and have three bays. The aisles terminate with two polygonal chapels, while behind the presbytery at the rear end of the nave there is a choir. The frescos in the aisle on the right are worthy of note, especially the “Pieta” in one of the lunettes of the second bay. It has recently been attributed to Pier Matteo D’Amelia (1448-1508) and his school.

Culture, History and Heritage

THE ETRUSCANS

THE ETRUSCANS

TARCHNA, CORNETO, TARQUINIA

TARCHNA, CORNETO, TARQUINIA

MAREMMA BETWEEN SEA AND NATURE

MAREMMA BETWEEN SEA AND NATURE

TARQUINIA, A LITERARY PLACE

TARQUINIA, A LITERARY PLACE

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