Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri: Ancient Tombs meets Modern TechnologyDate 2014.07.14 by romecabs in Museums and Culture
The popular Castles and Lakes (and the new Countryside Splendor by Stefano’s RomeCabs) Day Tour and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia that features the Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri 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.
On this visit to the ancient Etruscan necropolis of Banditaccia in Cerveteri with Stefano Rome Tours, 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!
Your first stop on your Etruscan Necropolis adventure 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.
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.
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.
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.
**** Please note that this technological feature may or may not be available on certain occasions.
For more information on visiting the Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Castles and Lakes and Ostia Antica and Cerveteri Tours and Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, please visit us at www.StefanoRomeTours.com
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The Stefano and Team.