Now a quiet provincial town 35km northwest of Rome, Cerveteri was once one of Italy's great Etruscan cities. Founded in the 9th century BC, it grew to become a powerful member of the 12-city Etruscan League and, for a period between the 7th and 5th centuries, was one of the most important commercial centres in the Mediterranean. It eventually came into conflict with Rome and, in 358 BC, was annexed into the Roman Republic.
Little remains of the city that the Etruscans knew as Kysry and Latin-speakers called Caere, but what makes a visit worthwhile is Cerveteri's extraordinary Etruscan necropolis, now a Unesco World Heritage Site.
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