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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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  • in enchanted reality of Appian way and is wonderful to enjoy magical places and enjoy the joys of nature and of narcotics dating you can do in the Park
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  • The tomb of Cecilia Metella is the best known and most spectacular of the Roman countryside, with its cylindrical marble mausoleum, well preserved reliefs, with swags and bucrania, Gothic walls of the Castrum Caetani who used the facility to build a fortified place of control of the Appian way. Wherever you are in the area southeast of Rome, the tomb of Cecilia Metella is there, somewhere, visible to guide even the most distracted. Everyone knows her and hardly anyone there came to visit the interesting Interior and the sculptures that are preserved in the courts and in a semi-underground room. However it is beautiful even just outside nice during sunset, close to archaeological sites are equally important and with free admission.
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  • you can buy a ticket which lets you get into a handful of museums for free but to buy a ticket on its own is quite expense for what there is to see. from the outside it looks really impressive but onc...  more »
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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