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Tarquinia is one of the best places for Etruscan remains. The museum is said to be second only to the Etruscan museum in Rome. Most memorable is the necropolis, which can be reached by local bus. Unlike the one at Cerveteri, it will not excite as you approach it - or indeed when you arrive. The site appears quite uninteresting with something like builders huts spread around. However when you approach these, you find that each covers a staircase leading down to a huge window. beside the window a light can be switched on to reveal a tomb with paintings on the walls in various states of presentation. It should be remembered that many were first excavated long ago and the surprising thing is not that many of the paintings are in a sorry state but that some magnificent features remain. Substantial information in English appears at each tomb.
From Rome or from Tuscany (connections for Viterbo).
The timetable for buses to the necropolis can be found just inside the main gate of the town or obtained from the TIC there.
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|Tarchon Bed & Breakfast||Via Giampietri Leoni, 18||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casale Farnesiana Country House B&B||SS1 Aurelia km 84 Loc. Farnesiana||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Tarquinia Resorts||Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 10||Hotel||-|
|Resort Duomo||Piazza Duomo, 2||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Resort Garibaldi||Via Garibaldi, 10||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Hotel San Marco - (+ 39 0766 842234) - book in high season as it is the only place to stay near the museum, the TIC and the bus stops for other cities and for the necropolis.
Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.
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The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.
Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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