Cerveteri is one of the oldest cities of Latium, which actually has about 36,000 inhabitants and is part of the province of Rome. Cerveteri overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and is located about 40 km from Rome.
When we talk about Cerveteri, like the near Tarquinia, we especially talk about the great Etruscan Necropolis of Lazio, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. In particular, from Cerveteri you will be able to access to the Etruscan Necropolis of Sorbo and the Etruscan Necropolis of Banditaccia, one of the most monumental necropolis in the Mediterranean Sea.
Cerveteri waiting for you with interesting itineraries in the archaeological sites, medieval villages, museums, monasteries, churches and to taste local specialties.
The origins of Cerveteri are very old, the birth of the city dates back to the mid-ninth century BC. The Etruscan center, called Kaisra, arose after the development of Villanova's settlements and thanks to the constant contact with Greek culture and Phoenicians . The period of greatest development for Cerveteri comes with the commodity economy. Around the fifth century BC, however, Cerveteri begins to suffer from a severe crisis due to conflict with Greece first, then the involvement in the battle between Rome and Tarquinia. During the Middle Ages Cerveteri knew a rather troubled as it was subject to an oppressive regime and the city's economy will suffer a lot. A rebirth of the city will come in 1500, when Cerveteri becomes part of the principality of Ruspoli family, which in 1674 buy Castello Orsini, today Castello Ruspoli.
Necropolis of Banditaccia
It covers about 10 hectares and consists of nearly 400 graves, which refer to a chronological period between the eighth and second centuries BC. Walking through the ancient streets of the cemetery you can see ancient tombs, houses, highways and byways, tombs and places of social life. The necropolis is represented by the symbol of the Tomb of the Reliefs, very noble tombs with a beautiful decoration of the burial chamber. We also suggest visiting the mounds outside the fence of Banditaccia, finely decorated. Among the other graves, we recommend the Tomb of the Shields and Chairs, the Tombs of the City and the Tomb of Five Chairs.
Phone: 06 9940001
Hours: Ticket office is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30am until one hour before sunset
Tickets: Up to 18 years and over 65 visits are free, From 18 to 24 years: 3.00 euro, from 25 to 65 years: 6.00 euro, Necropolis and Museum Cumulative Ticket: 8.00 Euro.
For more information visit Necropolis of Banditaccia on Wikipedia
The Sorbo, and Monte Sant'Angelo Ripa Abatone
These burial areas is difficult to visit because of the conservation status of the burials and the growth of vegetation. The area of Sant'Angelo is characterized by the presence of underground open, along the vertical rock walls, with facades made with false architectures.
Pyrgi and Antiquarian
Pyrgi is an ancient settlement that is located in Santa Severa and it can only be visited by prior arrangement. Some ruins and remains of Pyrgi are preserved in Rome at the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, while others are located at the Antiquarian that is inside the castle of Santa Severa, open to the public Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. For more information visit the website of Santa Severa Museum.
What to see
Cerite National Museum: The museum is located inside the castle Cerveteri Ruspoli and houses a large collection of tombs, artifacts, exhibits and decorations of the Etruscan civilization.
Tickets: 6.00 euros, Necropolis and Museum Cumulative Ticket: 8.00 Euros.
Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 19.00. Closed on Monday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
For more information visit the page of Cerite National Museum on the website of the Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali.
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
The church is designed with three aisles, marked inside with two rows of columns. The facade of the church was remodeled several times.
The project dates from 1533, when the Orsini family rebuilt the walls and the baronial palace. In 1760 Cardinal Acciupidi does make a passageway that connects the palace to the church of Santa Maria Maggiore
This is the large building erected by the Ruspoli family that was used for storage of grain received as payment from the tenants of the estate.
Museum of Villa Giulia
Here are preserved various materials belonging to the Etruscan civilization, including the "sarcophagus" The Wedding, the sculptural group with Apollo, Hermes and Heracles, the gold foils of Pyrgi and I'altorilievo pediment depicting an episode of the myth of the "Seven against Thebes" ,
How to get to Cerveteri
It 'reached by the Via Aurelia and from the Rome-Civitavecchia (A/12).
The connections with Rome, Civitavecchia and Rome, Lazio, are insured by CO.TRA.L.
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For all the others information visit the website of the Municipality of Cerveteri