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There are two towns at Cerveteri: the modern one which is of little interest and the old walled town that is very small but its complete walls and old buildings, including the museum that was a fort, make it interesting. However its great attraction, and it is a very great one, is its necropolis.
The necropolis was created several centuries BCE by the Etruscans, who were the principal folk of Italy before the Romans. They were firm believers in an afterlife and the necropolis was where they were meant to enjoy it, a true city of and for the dead, built on the same ideas of town planning as their cities for the living. The 'houses' (i.e. tombs) ofen have numerous chambers. Unlike Tarquinia, most tombs have not retained any painting but the site of the necropolis is stunning.
Don't let children play hide and seek unless you have a lot of time to spare. In any event take a torch as most tombs are unllt.
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Cerveteri-Ladispoli station is a bus ride away.
Cotral bus from Lepanto Metro station (Linea A) in Rome.
N.B. There is no direct bus from Tarquinia and in fact it is not possible to see the necropolis of both towns on the same day in winter. Change at Cittavechia - there are few direct buses to Cerveteri from there but the Rome buses will drop you at a road junction from which you can get a local bus to the town.
There is a local bus from just outside the walls of the old town to the necropolis.
It would seem that the only accommodation in the old town is B&B Casa di Anna, Largo Boccetta 5-6, which is good and friendly.
Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.
Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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