Our Rome excursion to the Etruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had with Rome is Easy tour guides, and for many, different reasons. First, this time I was lucky enough to have, not just one, but three tour guides accompany me to discover this ancient Italian civilization that settled in Norther Lazio.
Moreover, I was aware that the Eteruscan Necropolis has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, and that many investments have been made to turn the visit of the site into an interactive, high-tech experience. What I didn’t know, was that I was going to discover this ancient civilization through their culture, their believes and their daily life, in such a way it moved me.
Vibrant displays of lights and colors showed us how the tombs looked like almost 2,000 years ago, while Valeria, Serena and Nicole shared with me and my group of friends interesting details and facts about Etruscans' habits and customs.
The Etruscologist. Notwithstanding the fact that I had known Valeria from almost three years, I surprisingly found out she was not just a knowledgeable tour guide, but also an Etruscologist, thus a specialist in Etruscan language and antiquities. Lucky me! Her impressive knowledge was a priceless added value to this exciting experience, that helped me understand deeply Etruscan’s lives and culture.
I am not going to post pictures of the 3D reconstruction we saw, because I don’t want to spoilt this experience for you if you’ll ever decide to visit the necropoli. Anyway, attaning at an Etruscan burial ritual, hearing the sounds of their language, admiring the colors used to decorate the tombs, and learning their believes through this full immersion experience of narrative and projections is something I’ll never forget.
Eventually our day trip became something more than a tour outside the city. It turned into an encounter with another culture, a dive into a magical atmosphere, where extraordinary artifacts have survived the ravages of time to tell us their story.