A hill-top city along the sea, halfway between the city of Rome and it's commercial port Civitavecchia, stands the ancient city of Cerveteri, a city formed as early as the 8th Century B.C. Nearby rest the city's inhabitants in what we now consider a city of the dead. The site is one of the most unique burial sites in the world. Built as large mounds made of volcanic rock, the Etruscan tombs resemble Egyptian pyramids. These spaces can be better understood as burial homes that were once full of domestic and personal items.
The unique architecture of these hundreds of burial homes was discovered and un-earthed only a couple hundred years ago. The site as a necropolis is more than 2,500 years old. It has come to life again with a new technology program installed at the site allowing you to see digital reconstructions inside some of the tombs, as if present at their funeral, bearing witness to the rituals taking place and the placement of precious objects.
Writing on this topic, I am happy to be featured on authors (and fellow Buffalonians) William Graebner and Dianne Bennett's blog Rome the Second Time. Like myself, they are interested in exposing visitors in Rome to the hundreds of curiosities that lie below, between, and beyond the city's main highlights and have written several books with itineraries on the topic.
You can check out their website, with my post about Fu-touring at Cerveteri: