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Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, Rome
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The Tomb of Caecilia Metella is a mausoleum located just outside Rome at the three mile marker of the Via Appia. It was built during the 1st century B.C to honor Caecilia Metella who was the daughter of Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus, a Consul in 69 B.C, and wife of Marcus Licinius Crassus , son of the famous Marcus Crassus who served under Julius Caesar.The Tomb of Caecilia is one of the most well known and well preserved monuments along the Via Appia and a popular tourist site. In 2013, the museum circuit of the Baths of Caracalla, Villa of the Quintilii, and the Tomb of Caecilia Metella was the twenty-second most visited site in Italy, with 245,613 visitors and a total gross income of €883,344.DescriptionLocated on top of a hill along the Via Appia, the Tomb of Caecilia Metella consists of a cylindrical drum, or rotunda, atop a square podium with the Caetani Castle (Castrum) attached at the rear. The square podium stands at 8.3 meters tall with the cylindrical drum standing at 12 m. The monument in totality stands at a height of 21.7 meters tall. The diameter of the circular drum is 29.5 m, equivalent to 100 Roman feet.On the outside of the monument, an inscription can be seen reading "CAECILIAE |Q·CRETICI·F | METELLAE·CRASSI" indicating to whom this tomb was dedicated. Further up the monument, decorations can be seen depicting festoons and bucrania, heads of bulls, which were the inspiration for the area being named Capo Di Bove, meaning head of the bovine. At the top of the monument, medieval battlements can be seen from the time when the tomb was used as a fortress.
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  • Cecilia Metella was a nobleman of ancient Rome, perhaps nephew of triumvir Crassus. Commissioned his mausoleum (funerary monument, built in kind from important families) in the first century a.d. in 14 sec. the Caetani family built on the same site a "Castrum" fortified-village defended by walls, with the family Palace and St Nicholas's Church, of which only the façade remains today and the structure. Mausoleum and Castrum have today were in fair condition, in the magnificent location of Appia Antica, between nature and archaeology. Unfortunately I have not been a large number of exhibits; It is possible to visit the burial chamber, some salt (discoveries) and remains of statues, miscellaneous items, capitals and sarcophagi.
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  • If you have a Caracalla Ticket then it's worth it to take the 10 minutes to walk around the interior. The oldest part, the tomb is really just a big tower with a hole in the middle. The other parts we...  more »
  • Great place to visit with calmness, your lungs. Recommend spring or autumn, but any time of year is fine. Ah! get there maybe on her bike.
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  • Very interesting place even if getting a guided tour is really necessary due to the almost non existent paper guides available. Ticket admission allows entry to other attractions within a week time
  • Amazing View of and Old Medievale Castle
  • A majestic, ornate 2000 years' old monument so badly damaged by car fumes.
  • Not much to see here... Been all around it in 15 minutes.
  • Interesting