Hi incurable travelers,
we rediscovered Tuscia arriving in Viterbo around midnight. Once in the hotel, we immediately went to bed, aware of the intense programme of the next few days.
The next day, we had breakfast and headed by car to the ‘Ara della Regina’, the largest Etruscan temple so far found.
We parked the car and walked for 5 minutes along the unpaved road to reach the top of the Civita plateau, where is located the temple of the Ara Regina.
The Etruscan Temple of Ara Regina is the result of a reconstruction of the first half of the 4th century B.C. based on a sanctuary dating back to the first half of the 6th century B.C. Some scholars say it was devoted to the goddess Artumes, which is the Etruscan homologue of Artemis-Diana, even though there is no evidence for this thesis.
In 1938, during the restoration of the archaeological area of Etruscan temple Ara della Regina, the famous Winged Horses were found. They are nothing but a terracotta slab, where two winged horses are represented, and together with another slab with a chariot depicted – unfortunately lost – they decorated the temple pediment.
There is not much left of the temple, indeed, only its bases can be seen. Anyway, an incurable traveller can understand its greatness and get an idea of its majesty.
Despite European Union funding spent to enhance this area, unfortunately, all the archaeological area of the Etruscan Temple of Ara della Regina is clearly being abandoned. The grass has not been mowed for a long time and this is not a good welcome to tourists that want to visit the many wonders of Tuscia.
We went back in reverse and once reached the car we headed to the Tarquinia necropolis, where we visited the necropolis, but I will talk in this article Tarquinia necropolis
Article translated from Italian by Chiara Casagrande