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Visit of the most important tombs at Cerveteri Necropolis and its Etruscan museum.
Tour Code & Name: RO/04 - Cerveteri & the Etruscans
Duration: 5 hours approximately
Meeting Point and Departure Time: to be agreed
Operating days: Tuesday to Sunday. Closed all Mondays, January 1 and December 25.
Handicapped Visitors: itinerary very difficult with wheelchair
Transportation: driving and walking tour
Entrance Fees: Ç 10.00 per person
Tips: meals, public transportation (taxis, metros, buses) and museum or monument entrance fees (indicated on the tour information schedule) are not included and must be paid by the client on the spot. When requested and when it is possible, we may purchase tickets beforehand and we may book a selected restaurant.
Please notice: we may easily adapt our tours to meet your requirements.
Booking: tours should be booked at least 15 days prior to your scheduled arrival. Anyhow you may always send us an e-mail at any time and we will make all the efforts to meet your requirements.
The Etruscan necropolis at Cerveteri is a uniquely unforgettable archaeological site. Built by this prosperous enigmatic people between the seventh and the third centuries B.C., the 'city of dead' is still not completely excavated, but there are a remarkable amount of stone tombs along little streets, and you can easily spend several hours exploring them.
The Etruscans built cities and ports that unfortunately have long since disappeared, but the care and industry they put into the homes for their dead has resulted in a long-lasting monument. The experience of clambering inside these tombs is unique and a little frightening. It's also rather spine-chilling and feels faintly invasive. One hopes that there are no curses to blight the adventurous tourist for profaning.
The archaeological necropolis, a short distance outside the small town of Cerveteri, is huge. The major tombs are signposted, have steps for access and lights for illumination, but the majority of interiors are accessible only to the fearless. There are distinct types and ages of tombs. The majority contain stone carved beds and pillows; some also provide what seem to be stone chairs and furniture. There are round tombs, square tombs, luxurious tomb developments, streets of terraced tombs. Most tombs are bare inside; although some colored painted objects and figures are visible in some of them. The Tomba dei Rilievi contains appealing painted reliefs of tools and weapons like if they had been hanged in the walls.
The museum in Cerveteri is worth a look. It's in an old castle on the charming central piazza. Here you can admire Etruscan art and artifacts found locally, including the contents of some of the tombs.
After the visit you may stroll around pleasant streets with shops and eateries in the old town of Cerveteri on top of the hill.
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