Necropolis of Monterozzi

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Necropolis of Monterozzi
Necropoli dei Monterozzi
Monterozzi Necropolis entrance AvL.JPG
Entrance to the necropolis. Because the tomb monuments on the surface were lost, modern structures now protect the subterranean tombs.
Necropolis of Monterozzi is located in Italy
Necropolis of Monterozzi
Shown within Italy
Location Tarquinia, Lazio, Italy
Region Etruria
Coordinates 42°15′02″N 11°46′12″E / 42.25056°N 11.77000°E / 42.25056; 11.77000Coordinates: 42°15′02″N 11°46′12″E / 42.25056°N 11.77000°E / 42.25056; 11.77000
Type Necropolis
Founded 7th century BC
Site notes
Management Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Etruria Meridionale
Website Necropoli dei Monterozzi di Tarquinia (Italian)
Official name: Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
Type: Cultural
Criteria: i, iii, iv
Designated: 2004 (28th session)
Reference No. 1158
Region: Europe and North America

The Necropolis of Monterozzi is an Etruscan necropolis on a hill east of Tarquinia in Lazio, Italy. The necropolis has about 6,000 graves, the oldest of which dates to the 7th century BCE. About 200 of the gravestones are decorated with frescos.[1] Monterozzi was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.


Simple tombs for cremation burials from the Villanovan culture predated the painted tombs.

The earliest tomb decorated with complex frescoes was the Tomb of the Bulls, dated to either 540–530 BC or 530–520 BC. Together with the Tomb of the Whipping it is one of the rare Etruscan tombs which have erotic frescoes. The frescoes of the Tomb of the Leopards have been preserved best, while the Tomb of the Bigas, the Tomb of Hunting and Fishing and the Tomb of the Triclinium are famous for the artistic quality of their frescoes. The Tomb of Orcus is notable for having the only known pictorial depiction of the Etruscan daemon Tuchulcha

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  1. ^ "Monterozzi, Etruscan Necropolis". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 

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