Tarquinia by Agostino Cecchini
Vetralla by Agostino Cecchini
Villa Lante by Agostino Cecchini


insider tips and travel information


special places to stay in Central Italy


the area’s history in selected books

Most first-time visitors to Italy have never heard of Etruria, the original name of an ancient area extending north of Rome and into Tuscany. The proximity to Rome with its  international airports and the cruise port of Civitavecchia make the Etruria area a perfect day trip.

Few people here speak English but this does not stop foreigners from buying village homes and farmhouses and coming to stay-permanently.

As a journalist, educator and guidebook writer living and working in Italy since 1965, I knew that the Viterbo/Etruria area just north of Rome had an abundance of interesting places which beckoned temptingly to be explored and enjoyed.  I have gathered information and fascinating stories that I am happy to share with my readers on this website.

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After 20 years living here and 4 books in English about the area, I am proud to announce the publication of ETRURIA Storie e Segreti, in Italian, full color. Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 13.42.29

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