On this excursion with a private driver journey to Rome’s countryside to visit the most unique burial monuments of the pre-Roman civilization dating from the 9th-2nd centuries B.C. at the Mediterranean’s largest necropolis. The tombs of Cerveteri, built as homes for the deceased and site of ceremony for surviving family members, provide the greatest testimony to the enigmatic civilization of the Etruscans. With their painted walls, relief sculptures, architectural elements and material culture of bronzes and vases, these tombs reveal all that remains of the most dominant kingdom in Italy before the Romans. Cerveteri is roughly 30 miles from Rome and contains “tumulus” type tombs that resemble Egyptian pyramids and were once decorated and filled with personal items. A new digital technology program at the site brings the dead to life. This excursion can also include the Renaissance palace built on top of the Etruscan port ruins, La Posta Vecchia, where you can enjoy lunch at a Michelin-star restaurant along the seaside.

Duration: 5 hours

Sites visited: Necropolis of Cerveteri, La Posta Vecchia.