One of the largest necropolises in Europe and a unique burial site of Etruscan culture. Its existence dates back to the 9th century BC and it remained in use for 5 centuries. Together with Tarquinia Necropolis, it is listed on UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are several types of tombs to be found in the complex. Some are simple holes with the ashes of the deceased stored inside, some are cut in the rocks and some are in form of tumuli (covered with burial mounds). Inside, the tombs are decorated with imposing paintings or carvings. Even the location of the tombs is interesting for they seem to form almost city-like maps with streets and squares.
The modern, multimedia devices will help you explore the complex. Despite its gloomy-sounding nature, the place is very educative and you can spend a whole day wandering through it.
If you are visiting Rome and would like to see the necropolis as well, you can get to Cerveteri by bus (Cotral bus line from Cornelia station). The journey takes about an hour.
Tue-Sun: 8:30 am-dusk
Closed on Mondays, Jan 1 and Dec 25
Full price: €6
Reduced price: €3
Compulsory reservation fee: €2
More information at UNESCO's website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1158/
Phone +39 06 3202010
Coordinates 42°0'21.295" N 12°6'5.556" E