This exhibition presents the Etruscan civilization through the history
of one of its greatest cities: Cerveteri (formerly Caere). Many people still have a romantic view of the Etruscan civilization as that of a mysterious people who lived in central Italy during the centuries of peace, and for whom death was, in the words of D. H. Lawrence, "a pleasant continuance of life". But this vision is far from the reality uncovered by the archaeological excavations of recent decades.
The exhibition introduces this great civilization—a confederation of autonomous city-states—with a focus on the city of Cerveteri, the ancient Caere. By comparing the results of research conducted in museums and on-site (in the necropolises, city and port), it is now possible to trace the development of this powerful, densely populated maritime city whose political, cultural and commercial history is linked to that of the great cities on the shores of the Mediterranean, from the Near East to North Africa, from Greece to southern France, not forgetting Rome.