Cerveteri

Cerveteri is a town in Lazio, Italy. It is notable for a very well-preserved Etruscan Necropolis, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Get in

Getting in from Rome is fairly easy. You will need to take the Cotral bus from the Rome terminus near Cornelia Metro Station on Linea A. When you exit the metro walk towards the McDonald's, there is a Tobacco shop nearby where you can buy a ticket and return ticket. The bus takes an hour and leaves every hour or so. Avoid outdated information suggesting Cotral departs from Lepanto Metro station. There is also a train but the station is less convenient.

If you hire a car at Rome's Fiumicino airport follow the road to Rome for a few km and then take the Autostrada signposted in the direction of Civitavecchia. The exit to Cerveteri is about 15 minutes later, depending on how fast you drive. The Necropolis is to the north of the modern town and reasonably well signposted.

At the necropolis, a true street for the dead.

Get around

There's a local bus to the necropolis, from where the Rome buses leave. You can walk to the necropolis within twenty five minutes from old town. There is a quiet country backroad leading there from the parking lot parallel to the main drive if you are interested in a longer route.

The old town is very small and walking is all that is required. The new town lacks interest.

See

A major tomb
As you drive to the entrance you will see that the area of tombs is really extensive. Much excavation is still being done and only a small part of the total area can presently be visited. Despite the proximity of Cerveteri to Rome and the importance of the site the Necropolis is not over-visited and a visit can be a pleasant and unhurried experience. Admission is 8 Euros. Under 18 and over 65 free of charge. There is a pleasant bar with outside tables and inexpensive snacks.
Inside a tomb
"Cippi": Etruscan phallic symbols indicating that the tomb occupants were male

Do

Hike - There are some hiking trails directly behind the Necropolis. You may want to bring a GPS or look at an online map as they are not marked.

Eat

There is a cart in the center where the bus from Rome arrives that serves what may be the best porchetta's in the region. Well worth buying a couple for lunch.

Sleep

The Bed and Breakfast Casa di Anna at Largo Boccetta 5-6 is very good and, equally important, seems to be the only accommodation in the old town.

Go next

Routes through Cerveteri

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