For a long time it has been a mystery who the Etruscans were. We will discover their history through their incredible granulated Jewels, armors & shields, potteries and statues without forgetting the painted tombs of their necropolis in Tarquinia and the architecture of the one in Cerveteri.
A lot of what we know and what we have about the Etruscans comes from their cemeteries; in fact they were known as the “People of the dead”. They believed, like the Egyptians, that bodies could continue their living after death exactly like it was before it, just in a different place. That’s why their tombs were shaped like houses and they were provided with all the objects they were using during their life.
This is how jewels of an incredible beauty have been preserved till modern times and can be admired in the Vatican Etruscan Museum or Villa Giulia in Rome together with vases and other everyday objects. Women were taken into a much higher consideration then what they were in Greece or in Rome, and they could participate to social life, were invited to banquets and often represented close to their husbands like in the famous sarcophagus of a married couple (Sarcofago degli Sposi) in the Villa Giulia Museum.
The Etruscan necropolis are reflecting the structure of their cities, we might visit two among the most representative of them: the beautifully frescoed Tarquinia tombs and the stone built Cerveteri tombs.