Necropoli della Banditaccia

Necropoli della Banditaccia

Necropoli della Banditaccia
4.5
Ancient RuinsHistoric Walking AreasHistory Museums
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Necropolis of Cerveteri A major centre of Etruscan civilisation that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the Necropolis stretches for more than two kilometres. This certainly makes it the most imposing in all Etruria and one of the most magnificent monuments of its kind anywhere in the Mediterranean basin. These monumental tombs are located inside tumuli, partly cut into the tufa rock and partly built over it. The purpose of theseedifices was to illustrate the desire of a handful of aristocratic families to make a statement about their wealth and to perpetuate a lifestyle of the highest quality also after death. This may explain the abundance of luxury goods found in these tombs, such as tableware made of precious metal, goldsmith’s work, illustrated vases, bronzes and pieces imported from Greece and the Near East, as well as weapons, belts, razors, buckles and jewellery. The interiors are eerily evocative, imitating the houses where their occupants spent their lives, with several rooms, shaped doors and windows, columns and pillars, beamed and coffered ceilings, furnishings, funerary beds and sometimes grave goods. It is also interesting to visit the tombs known locally as a dado(like dice), which describes how they line the streets of the necropolis in regular patterns, looking uncannily like a modern housing estate. Discover how the tombs come to life!
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
An extremely interesting place steeped in history. In reality, it is the city of the dead of the long-gone Etruscans. Only the tombs remained, everything that was in them was either looted or in the museum. But the tombs themselves are huge and well worth the visit.
Written 8 April 2024
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Graham V
York, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My wife and I chose to go there ourselves, rather than a group tour to Rome, on a cruise stop at Civitavecchia – and are so glad we did so as it proved to be one of the most interesting and amazing ancient monuments we have ever seen. It fully lived up to our expectations having read about it on websites and reading some TripAdisor reviews of it. We spent about 2 hours there following a 2km trail through the wide variety of tombs and going down inside many of them (nicely cool since it was still quite hot outside in late September). We’d also recommend that people see the two short films/videos on the history of the site and Etruscan culture that are put on in a separate building near the entrance.
Written 8 October 2023
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Joy S
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A place not far from Rome but much calmer, magical even. We've been here at different times, always wonderful. I realized later that DH Lawrence wrote about this place and its atmosphere of 'homeliness and happiness', our kids call it the place of the hobbit, quite different from a 'classical' necropolis feeling.
Written 7 December 2022
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Enrico M
Genoa, Italy98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
A jump in the past! it is very well kept, and very large, you can spend hours looking and taking pictures of this fascinating site!
Written 20 September 2020
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Stephen M
Thailand8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This place is well worth the effort to get to, and combined with a walk around Cerveteri town and museum, makes for a suberb day. The tombs are astonishingly large, grand and beautifully-built. Great for children to explore and lots of interesting details. The place is very atmospheric and beautiful.
Written 2 March 2020
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Stephen B
Rye, NY25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The mysterious history of the Etruscan is fascinating. This site is remarkable. I’ve never seen anything like it in my many travels, or in photos. The landscape and burial mounds create a unique feeling of a lost civilization.
Written 2 February 2020
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Clive B
Dartford, UK1,343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
A very interesting historic site with Italian as well as English signs and information boards.Rarely busy even in peak season, even at the weekend. The tombs are also quite cool inside, giving some respite from the sum. Admission is cheap, you can get a joint ticket with the local museum to make it even cheaper, however admission is free on the first Sunday each month. Photos may be taken, but they cannot be used for even indirect commercial purposes. When children are happy to be at a historical site, as parents we are happy too. Well worth a visit, just be aware excluding the disabled toilet, they only have squat toilets for men and women.
Written 17 August 2019
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fdemarco1870
Milan, Italy24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
This was one of our favorite sites visited. Less well tended than Tarquinia, but more interesting to visit due to the various forms of the tombs and the fact you can walk into them.
Written 14 July 2019
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Aniatje
Belgium103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
In the middle of nowhere a pearl of Etruscan heritage. We've visited many sites, this is one of the most impressive ones.
Bit shabby trail markings that need maintenance but you can easily find your way.
Tip: take plenty of water as even in July their bar is closed.
Written 7 July 2019
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tgsandy
Sharpsburg, GA311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Our cousins, who live in Rome, took us here for part of a day and we really enjoyed it and were amazed at the sophistication of the structures and art of the Etruscan culture. As suggested in one of the other reviews, make sure to bring comfortable shoes and be ready for a lot of walking. Also make sure you have plenty of storage on your camera. Although our cousin drove, it seemed as though it wasn't the easiest place to get to. Make sure you have a good map or better yet, GPS.
Written 21 May 2019
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