Necropoli della Banditaccia, Cerveteri

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See the ancient Etruscan burial sites at Necropoli della Banditaccia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a look inside nine unearthed burial mounds from the 6th century BCE, carved by hand out of volcanic tufa stone. Descend the narrow stone step passageways to step inside the mounds, which are built as replicas of the Etruscans’ own houses. Watch a film about Etruscan history projected on the inside of three tombs, which explains the construction and rituals of the tombs built for different sizes and classes of families. Work out when and for how long to visit Necropoli della Banditaccia and other Cerveteri attractions using our handy Cerveteri online holiday planner.
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  • 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! 
    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!  more »
  • 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....  more
    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....  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Wonderful piece of history uncovered. Huge efforts have been put in the exploration of this area but unfortunately it is going downwards quite rapidly. While the tombs survived thousands of years quite good, the buildings, infrastructure, signs and so on built in 2007 / 2013 with EU funds are falling apart in many places. Give it 10 more years and everything is ready to be rebuilt. Crazy... A shame that the multimedia projections are not working any more. Good to know: some of the places outside of the fence that are preserved by voluntary helpers are in a better condition than the official parts.
  • Fascinating, thought-provoking and peaceful place. Very enjoyable visit. A 10 euro ticket admits you to the museum as well as the necropolis, which is a great deal. Be advised that they only take cash.
  • Very atmospheric! Perfect for wandering around. Cash only for admission.
  • Nice walk for 30 min, could not get inside the paid section as it currently only works on weekends (COVID times)
  • First, be prepared. Second, limit your expectations. Opens only on weekends, despite what the official site says. Can only pay in cash, no card accepted. There is no water fountain anywhere in the huge site, no vending machine anywhere, and the bar is closed "due to COVID" (? currently, all bars in Italy are open). No personnel around, except from the grumpy ticket lady. No guided tour available, no map given: we were told to "just take a picture of this (tiny outdated, black and white) map here" at the entrance. Outdated info panels around the necropolis, some of which were missing positional info and some showing an old path no longer viable. The famous 3D Multimedia tours curated by Italian documentarist Piero Angela have long vanished: all projectors in all tombs were missing, or out-of-order and literally thrown in a corner. Again, "due to COVID", the didactic, Multimedia and sculpture rooms were closed. I visited many other archaeology sites and museums this week and this is the only one where such a massive closure was enforced. This was clearly for lazyness and lack of personnel. The site is beautiful, but largely left to itself. Be prepared with Wikipedia or your own private guided tour. I am extremely disappointed from the management of this astounding UNESCO site. Sadly, it is exceedingly clear how the public fundings are somehow diverted "mafia style". Poor Italy.

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