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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  • August 18, 2017
    This large mausoleum is quite impressive. A very large building and some statues can be seen. However the entrance price is 8€, it s expensive  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Honestly... There are more interesting places. No information. The visit is short which hardly gives you time to disappoint you.
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  • June 30, 2017
    Cecilia's tomb is interesting, if you have a guidebook with you to explain everything, otherwise it's just another site with ruins. There's not much in the way of exclamations, but if you're on the Ap...  more »
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  • La grande bellezza... the great beauty.
  • Interesting place worth dropping by if you are walking via Appia Antica.
  • 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
  • Far away from the most touristic part of rome. and not really worth it
  • Soooo cool

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