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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MAST (Museum of Sacred Art of Tarquinia) Located in the Palazzo Vescovile

This museum was originally called the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art (2001). In 2008 it was renamed the “Museo Diocesano Comunale di Arte Sacra” (The Municipal Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art), and finally MAST in 2011. The Bishop’s Palace, housing the museum, encompasses a number of artistic styles, ranging from mediaeval vestiges, attested by interesting allegorical wall paintings, to its predominantly Rennaissance architecture, although remodelling, which began in 1737 under the direction of Cardinal P. Aldrovandi (1734 – 52 bishop of Montefiascone and Corneto), has settled the way it looks today. Located on the first floor are the portraits of illustrious bishops housed in 11 different rooms – one of which is dedicated to Bishop C. Chenis (1954-2010), where religious vestments, objects, liturgical ornaments, furniture and paintings are exhibited, all of which have been collected from various religious structures located throughout the city and the surrounding territories (11th-14th centuries). The many noteworthy works include Madonna with Child by Pastura (Antonio del Massaro, approx. 1450-1516); St. Anthony between tra St. Sebastian e St. Roch by M. Trofi ( known as Truffetta, 1480-1537); The Crucifixion with Saints John, Crispin and Crispinian, attributed to B. Cavarozzi (1590-1625); St. Sebastian, attributed to G. F. Romanelli (1610-62) and The Mourning of the Dead Christ by T. Conca (1750-1815). The ground floor of the museum houses the Archives of the Diocese.

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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