Le Necropoli etruscheThe necropolis of Cerveteri and Tarquinia have been included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 2004 and are the first example of sites related to Etruscan civilization.
Direct reflection of the cultural, economic and political life of the two cities on the southern necropolis of Banditaccia in Cerveteri and Tarquinia Monterozzi that offer a unique testimony of the Etruscan funerary customs. Feature of the necropolis of Cerveteri is the imitation of the architecture, while the painting is typical of the burial necropolis of Tarquinia.
The necropolis of Banditaccia, the first phase of monumental dates back to the seventh century BC and where it is estimated that there are about 20,000 graves in the room, was defined by Massimo Pallottino “one of the most interesting archaeological zones and suggestive not only of Italy, but all over the Mediterranean world.” The variety of types of graves makes it possible to follow the development of Etruscan funerary architecture that closely reflects also a civilian.
The necropolis Monterozzi, which develops from the seventh century BC, is famous for its painted tombs, dating from the VI and II-I century BC This complex of monuments, which is the most valuable series of pictorial documents preserved not only in Etruria but in the classical world before the age of the Roman Empire, offers a vivid picture of the life, customs and beliefs of the Etruscans.