Most of our information about Etruscan life comes from images and personal belongings found in Etruscan tombs. Paintings on the walls of the larger tombs display funeral banquets, processions, and games that must have been adapted from the happier events in life—civic ceremonies, state dinners, weddings, and rituals of worship. Favorite personal belongings taken to the tomb show us what men and women wore and valued in life. Sometimes large tombs symbolize the deceased’s home, which helps us understand what the house of a well-to-do Etruscan looked like.

We know very little about the majority of Etruscans—those who could not afford chamber tombs or burial gifts of non-perishable materials. Scenes of "average" people at work and play do exist, but most pictures portray only important persons and their families.