The Etruscan obsession with elaborate burials leads us to suppose that they may have had an underlying belief, similar to the Egyptians that a part of the soul remained with the body, or at least that the body was important for the afterlife. Having said that, the earliest grave-sites were cremations but burials then appeared, the first being in Tarquinia and Caere, and eventually became the prevailing rite.
The famous Etruscan necropolis of Monterozzi, situated on a ridge southwest of the ancient city of Tarqinia, contains the most important painted tombs in Etruria, mostly rock-cut chamber tombs dating from the 6th to the 4th century BC. The Lyre Player and the Dancer frescoes come from the Tomb of the Triclinium (seen in the photo above).
Today the location of more than one hundred and fifty painted tombs (tumuli) are known. The Tarquinia tomb frescoes are well preserved in many cases, and to them we owe much of our insight into the Etruscan lifestyle. The photo below is of the tumuli of the Banditaccia and are located in Cerveteri, Lazio, some distance from Tarquinia.