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Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri: Ancient Tombs meet Modern Technology

Our popular Castles and Lakes Tour and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia has just gotten even more exciting, thanks to an innovative project set forth as part of Lazio’s Cultural Heritage Technology District with the cooperation of the Archaeological Superintendence of Southern Etruria.

 

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On this visit to the ancient Etruscan necropolis of Banditaccia in Cerveteri, you will experience something never before possible in this city of the dead. As you descend into stone-carved tombs, the dark and eerie chambers suddenly come to life to reveal their ancient secrets to you.  An ancient civilization and modern technology merge to bring forth a remarkable experience that brings dormant history to life. Vibrant displays of light and color reconstruct how some of the tombs appeared two thousand years ago before time and elements stripped them of their beauty, and its precious contents carted off to museums. Riveting narratives (in both English and Italian) tell fascinating stories of things unknown while sounds and visual effects propel you into the mysterious world of the Etruscans who once lived and died here more than two thousand years ago!

Banditaccia Tomb in Cerveteri

Banditaccia Tomb in Cerveteri

Sala Mengarelli
Your first stop is at the Sala Mengarelli, where a introduction documentary video welcomes you with a historic background of the Necropolis and its incredible treasures. The second part of this brief educational documentary focuses on incredible findings in the necropolis and is shown in 3-D. Inside the theater room are also a large projection of the geological and morphological history of the necropolis, and large scale model of a burial mound as seen in the necropolis.

There are 7 tombs that you can visit that are enhanced with Audio and Light, or Audio, Light and Video.

 

Banditaccia Tomb in Cerveteri

Banditaccia Tomb in Cerveteri

In the Audio, Light and Video Tombs, the added benefit of the video projected directly on the stone provides a more theatrical experience. Light beams outline the edges of doorways and furnishing, while reconstructing missing pieces and revealing them with colors that have long faded away. Flickering candles, funeral processions, vases and other precious offerings that were once part of the tomb are beautifully projected onto the stones in tune with the narration. You are wrapped in a multi sensory visit into an ancient era of this city of the dead.

Banditaccia Tomb in Cerveteri

Banditaccia Tomb in Cerveteri

In the Audio and Light Tombs, a narrative explains the story of the tomb, its furnishing, and significance, with spotlights of warm light to accentuate the areas of the tomb being discussed.

Here is a list of the Tombs that provide this multi media enhanced experience.

Audio, Light and Video

Tomb of the Greek Vases (Tomba dei Vasi Greci)
Tomb of the Cornice (Tomba della Cornice)
Tomb of the Pilaster (Tomba del Pilastro)

Audio and Light

Tomb of the Doli (Tomba dei Doli)
Tomb of the Hut (Tomba della Capanna)
Tomb of the Funeral Beds (Tomba dei Letti Funebri)
Tomb of the Capitals (Tomba dei Capitelli)

During your visit, all the other tombs that are open to the public can be visited as well.

For more information on visiting the Banditaccia Necropolis in Castles and Lakes  and Ostia Antica and Cerveteri Tours and Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, please visit us  at www.StefanoRomeTours.com

Thank you for stopping by to read our blog. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon in Italy!
~The Stefano Rome Tours Team
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Castles and Lake Tour: Bracciano Lake, Cerveteri

Rome has numerous monuments and attractions to visit, but why not get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day and explore the Lazio countryside?

Whether a day tour from Rome or a shore excursion from Civitavecchia, this unique  Castles and Lake Tour is the perfect way to explore the beautiful and mainly unspoiled region of Lazio.

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On this tour you will visit the formidable Renaissance Bracciano Castle (Castello Orsini-Odesalchi), have an authentic Italian lunch at a restaurant in the charming medieval clifftop hamlet of Ceri,and explore ancient tombs that belong to this ancient mysterious civilization inside the ancient Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri.

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click to watch the “Castles and Lakes” Tour video 

 

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BRACCIANO CASTLE  / CASTELLO ORSINI – ODESCALCHI 

 

Bracciano Castle / Castello Orsini - Odescalchi

Bracciano Castle / Castello Orsini – Odescalchi

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The tour’s first stop is the small town of Bracciano, which is reached via the Roman Via Aurelia road that dates way back to 241 BC.

This quiet town is home to Odescalchi Castle, a well-kept castle that was made famous when Tom Cruise decided to marry his bride (Katie Holmes ) there in 2006.

After the castle we will take a walk around the village where you can do a spot of shopping, sight seeing and enjoy a nice stroll.

 

LAKE BRACCIANO

 

View of Lake Bracciano from Odescalchi Castle

View of Lake Bracciano from Odescalchi Castle

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Next stop will be the actual lake itself. Lake Bracciano is one of Italy’s cleanest and largest lakes, with a circular perimeter of approximately 20 miles, and was originally a volcanic crater. It is a popular location for sunbathing and swimming for those who want to avoid the busy beaches.

 

THE MEDIEVAL BORGO OF CERI

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The Medieval Borgo of Ceri

The Medieval Borgo of Ceri

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After a relaxing stop-off at the lake, we will continue to the small village of Ceri, just outside Cerveteri.

This picturesque village occupies a fortified plateau of tuff and was inhabited by the ancient Etruscans, as well as the Romans. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Romanesque Church of the Madonna di Ceri with its Giotto-inspired frescoes and ‘cosmati’ floors.

 

CERVETERI BANDITACCIA ETRUSCAN NECROPOLIS

 

Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis Tombs, Cerveteri

Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis Tombs, Cerveteri

 

After lunch at one of the excellent value-for-money restaurants, we will head to our final stop, Cerveteri.

This home to the ancient Etruscan tombs, built by a civilization that we know very little about and who occupied parts of Italy even before the Romans.

 

Tomb of Reliefs, Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

Tomb of Reliefs, Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

 

Please remember: To enter churches, you will have to have your shoulders and knees covered, otherwise you will be refused entry!

Castle and LakesTour Highlights:


Orsini – Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano :: Lake Bracciano :: Ceri :: Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

Pick up time: approximately 9.00am

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Full tour details can be found here: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/castlesandlakes/

Thank you for reading our blog. We look forward to seeing you in Italy

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team

 

 

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Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Day Tour

A warm welcome to our Stefano Rome Tours blog.
 
 
Obviously we specialize in tours, mainly of Rome and the nearby regions, and to start off we are going to introduce you to a lesser known tour, namely the one-day Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoreggio Tour. Both these small towns lie to the north of Rome, close to Bolsena Lake.

 

 

 

VIDEO: Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Day Tour from Rome or Civitavecchia
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Orvieto (Umbria)

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Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto, Umbria

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After picking everyone up, we will take the 2-hour drive to Orvieto. This small city can be found on one of the most dramatic sites in Europe, as it is located on the flat summit of a large hill of volcanic tuff. It also has an elevation of 325 metres, sitting above an almost vertical cliff face.

The centre point of the city is the 14th century Duomo, or cathedral, with its spectacular façade that took more than 300 years to complete.

It was constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV and is also home to the San Brizio Chapel, where you can see some amazing frescoes by Fra Angelico and Signorelli.

After touring the Duomo, you can choose to take the 248 steps to the bottom of St. Patrick’s Well, which was built during Pope Clement VII time, as it was thought that Orvieto’s only military weakness was its lack of self-sufficiency in water. Be aware though, at the bottom of the well there is only water!

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Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto, Umbria

 

 

About this time it will be lunchtime, and several great restaurants can be found in the city, especially as it is a member of Cittaslow, the slow food movement in Italy, so you can expect to have a truly enjoyable lunch. After lunch there will be time to browse the centre and pop into the ceramic shops, or even do a spot of wine tasting, as this area is also well known for its local white wine production.

 

Civita di Bagnoregio (Lazio)

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Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

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Civita di Bagnoregio is a tiny hill community that once belonged to the nearby village of Bagnoreggio. Originally founded by the Etruscans, it is now only accessible by a 500-metre uphill footbridge.

The walk is well worth it, but please bear in mind the walk, if you plan to take the tour! There is of course no traffic here, but there is a small selection of delightful shops, some ancient architecture and some amazing views of the surrounding area.

 

Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

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Pick up time: approximately 8.00 am
Return time: approximately 5.00 pm


Full tour details can be found here:  http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/orvieto-civitabagnoregio/

Thank you very much for reading our blog. We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

Warmest Regards,

The Stefano Rome Tours

 

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