Day trips From Rome to Cerveteri

A city of the dead and a city on the rock.
One day in Cerveteri, a main Etruscan city-state.

The Banditaccia Necropolis "City of Dead"

Cerveteri (“Kysry” in the Etruscan language) was one of the main Etruscan political and commercial centers in Northern Latium, that reached its highest splendor in the 6th century B.C. 

Very little survives of the city, but, luckily, the Etruscans used to build their own cemeteries (necropolises) as copies of the places they actually lived in. Visiting the Banditaccia necropolis, you will be able to have an in-deep sight in the Etruscan way of life, learning so much about them throughout the 400 tombs built between the 8th and the 2nd century B.C. that are there, often conceived as detailed reproductions of their real houses. 

You will be amazed by those regular and mysterious tumuli, such as the tomb of the capitals, the tomb of the hut, the tomb of Greek vases and the astonishing colorful tomb of the reliefs.

Tasting lunch on demand

From Cerveteri to Ceri

In the Early Middle Ages, because of the Arab incursions and of malaria, Cerveteri was finally abandoned by its inhabitants, who preferred moving to found a new city, named Ceri. 

That small historic centre still exists, placed on the top of a 105 metres-high-tufa-peak, carved on purpose to house the population escaping from the Saracens. 

Nowadays it is a beautiful quiet place, totally apart from the world, where few inhabitants can enjoy out-of-breath views surrounding the medieval walls which enclose the village, made of some houses surrounding a square with the church of the Immaculate Conception, characterized by the presence of a completely frescoed medieval wall, depicting religious and popular episodes (there is a scene representing a family in a kitchen filled with food!) that is definitely something you don’t expect in such a small town.

Drop off to the hotel at the end of the day