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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Town Walls and Defence
The first phase of the wall construction was characterized by the use of precisely cut, rectangular blocks of macco stone, placed on rocky banks which were readily in sight, corresponding to the enlargement of the city beyond the castle in the quarter known as Poggio e Valle between the 9th and 12th centuries. The second phase of the construction relates to the borgo (Castro Novo): wherein the stone blocks are smaller with respect to the preceding period and the defense system employed can be compared to a military strategy utilizing trenches and moats. Towers were built and together with some of those already existing within the city, served as lookout posts. There were numerous secondary entrances into the city for deliveries and such. Some of the main access gates were constructed using a bayonet technique – the original form of which has been preserved to this day such as Porta Castello. By contrast, other gateways have been the product of various renovations such as Porta Maddalena. It is interesting to note that some towers which were built outside the city wall of Corneto, no longer exist. They were were either overrun or reduced to ruins, as in the case of “Torre degli appestati”, Torre Caciola and Torre degli orti. Located within the municipal building of Tarquinia there is a fresco depicting the genealogy of Corito in which the defense system of Corneto can be seen in its entirety. Surprisingly, it is overall the same today. (The painting was done by C. Donati and D. Taddei, 1629-31 and restored by M. Gherardini, 1734)

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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