Necropoli della Banditaccia

Necropoli della Banditaccia, Cerveteri

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Necropoli della Banditaccia

Necropoli della Banditaccia
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Ancient Ruins • Historic Walking Areas • History Museums
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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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Enrico M
Genoa, Italy104 contributions
fantastic!!
Sep 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
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Mightily impressive Etruscan tombs, late bronze age - early iron age.
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, NY19 contributions
Necropoli della Banditaccia at Cerveteri
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, UK1,346 contributions
Amazing historic site
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
Fascinating
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
Belgium81 contributions
Impressive!
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, GA323 contributions
Amazing place and definitely worth a visit.
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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lpaustian
Tenafly, NJ241 contributions
Great reason to overnight here before Rome flight
May 2019 • Couples
These ancient Etruscan tombs or homes for the afterlife, made an excellent reason to overnight in Cerveteri, a sleepy hill town, less than a half hour drive to Rome Fiumicino airport.

We were the only ones here on a rainy afternoon (more drizzle as is common). Though a little muddy in spots, it was still well worth the effort to step back into time. A black cat was our “tour guide” through the necropolis.

Have dinner at Aria restaurant afterward, for a perfect farewell to Italy!
Written 18 May 2019
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preglad
New York3,509 contributions
An excellent start to our latest two month Italian excursion
Apr 2019 • Couples
Hopping off an Atlantic crossing plane with no sleep, picking up a car and driving to Necropoli della Banditaccia is not highly recommended as a way to start one's Italian excursion but this was our beginning nonetheless. It was either that or missing the site entirely.

For a total of E16 including audio, we found ourselves surrounded in a fascinating indulgence of elitist ego indulgence, all in the service of culture and religion of course. Where have we heard that tune before? Two to four thousand-year-old Etruscan graves seemingly go on and on.

It's fascinating to observe how the affluent of each culture seek immortality and special recognition, some for themselves and others for themselves in the name of forebearers. Then and now, such monuments are not "do it oneself" projects, but accomplished on the backs of lesser others, for whom presumably there is little room in an idealized afterlife.

We instinctively admire the invention, resourcefulness, sophistication, "cultural" innovations achievement of former and current prime movers. Over time, we tend to lose some perspective on how it all came to be, and give the good history seal of approval to such undertakings.

Absorbing and impressive! Maybe my perspective is off with all these initial mechinations and I need a little sleep. Yet one also may pause to wonder: at what price for how very many for so very few?
Written 14 May 2019
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rnldarl2016
Old Bridge, NJ133 contributions
Very interesting site
Apr 2019 • Couples
I found this Etruscan necropolis to be incredible. If you are fascinated by the Forum or the Palatine Hill in Rome, you’ll likely find the necropolis a special place as well. The visit really peaked my interest in learning more about their culture. As a result, a few days later we went to view the Etruscan art and artifacts at the Villa Giulia in Rome — another incredible place.
Written 10 May 2019
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