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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Fountains, Washhouses and Drinking Troughs

Based on documentation from the early 20th century, before Tarquinia was yet a real township, but having adequate water supplies and sanitation facilities, the municipal government decided to approach the task of taking care of its citizens by launching a single health and sanitation project. (Initiated in 1902 by C. Crispini and continued in 1912 by P. Magnani). Among the many works that were initiated, two communal washhouses with drinking fountains are particularly noted (1902-04). The larger one was destroyed but once had a rectangular base with stone pillars embedded in the wall. The drinking fountain was faced with the mineral rock known as “peperino” and stood in what is now the scenic viewpoint near the church of San Antonio. The second and drinking fountain was much smaller but was later enlarged in 1929 and now stands in the square of Santo Stefano. Originally it was plastered in a light half-tone colour and once had a leonine or a lion figure on the spicket where water flowed forth. The water fell into a cast iron basin at the centre of the niche which then overflowed into the stone fountain basin below. The third washhouse and fountain was also destroyed, but once stood in Via Montana (1909-10).

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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