Necropoli di Banditaccia

sights / Historic

Necropoli di Banditaccia information

Location
Cerveteri , Italy
Address
Via della Necropoli 43/45
Telephone
+390 6 994 06 51
More information
www.tarquinia-cerveteri.it
Prices
adult/reduced €8/5, incl museum €10/6
Opening hours
8.30am-1hr before sunset
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This haunting 12-hectare necropolis is a veritable city of the dead, with streets, squares and terraces of tumuli (circular tombs cut into the earth and capped by turf). Some tombs, including the 6th-century-BC Tomba dei Rilievi , retain traces of painted reliefs, many of which illustrate endearingly domestic household items, as well as figures from the underworld.

Another interesting tomb is the 7th-century BC Tumulo Mengarelli , whose plain interior shows how the tombs were originally structured.

To bone up on the site's history, you can watch short films in the Sala Mengarelli every half past the hour. You can also take a tour that features 3D installations reconstructing the tombs' frescoes and funerary items.