Cerveteri (Italian: [tʃerˈvɛːteri]) is a town and comune of northern Lazio in the region of the Metropolitan City of Rome. Known by the ancient Romans as Caere, and previously by the Etruscans as Caisra or Cisra, and as Agylla (or Άγυλλα) by the Greeks, its modern name derives from Caere Vetus used in the 13th century to distinguish it from Caere Novum (the current town).

Banditaccia Necropolis
Location of Cerveteri
Location of Cerveteri in Italy
Cerveteri (Lazio)
Coordinates: 42°00′N 12°06′E
Metropolitan cityRome
FrazioniCeri, Due Casette, Furbara, Borgo San Martino, Sasso, Valcanneto, Casetta Mattei, Cerqueto, Quartaccio, Cerenova, Campo di Mare, I Terzi, San Paolo, Gricciano, Pian della Carlotta, Zambra
  MayorAlessio Pascucci
  Total134.32 km2 (51.86 sq mi)
81 m (266 ft)
 (30 November 2017)[2]
  Density280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
WebsiteOfficial website
Official nameCerveteri, Etruscan Necropolis of Banditaccia
Part ofEtruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
CriteriaCultural: (i)(iii)(iv)
Inscription2004 (28th Session)
Area197.57 ha (488.2 acres)
Buffer zone1,824.04 ha (4,507.3 acres)

It is the site of the ancient Etruscan city[3] which was one of the most important Etruscan cities with an area more than 15 times larger than today's town.

Caere was one of the city-states of the Etruscan League and at its height, around 600 BC, its population was perhaps around 25,000 – 40,000 people.[4][5][6][7][8]

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