The ancient Cerveteri city was situated about 7 km from the sea, a location which made it a wealthy trading town derived originally from the iron ore mines in the Tolfa hills.
It had three sea ports including Pyrgi, connected to Caere by a road approximately 13 km long and 10 metres wide, and Punicum.
Pyrgi was also famous for its sanctuary of monumental temples from 510 BC, built by the king of Caere and dedicated to the goddesses Leucothea and Ilithyia, of which impressive and beautiful sculptures are exhibited at the Villa Giulia.
The Cerveteri Tour can begin from Rome or directly from Cerveteri.
Departing from Rome, going along the Via Aurelia and the highway, we arrive in the valley of Cerveteri where about 2000 Etruscan tombs among the most famous in the world can be found. We enter the necropolis where we find the most important typologies of tombs from the IX to the II century B.C.
In the Villanoviano period cremation was quite usual and ashes were put into biconocal urns inside tombs called “pozzetto”. Belonging to a following period, we find monumental tombs, called tumuli whose hypogeums are elegantely decorated
The visit can be continued to the National Museum “Cerite” to have a more complete idea about the Etruscan civilization.
The tour can be modified and adapted to every demand