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 BC to honor Caecilia Metella who was the daughter of Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus, a Consul in 69 BC, 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.
Located 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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  • To visit the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and the adjacent Palazzo Caetani, of course what remains. Very particular in the underground the remains of the lava flow erupted from the volcano of Albano. In general, it is very impressive and interesting to be able to visit this important complex on the Appian Way.
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  • This mausoleum is located on the Ancient Appia near the Catacombes (San Callisto et al) and the Ardeatine Trenches, a pity that it is very little known and advertised. Interesting visit although, given the modesty of the exhibition spaces takes away only half an hour. Dear and sunny the keepers
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  • There isn’t much to see here, but it is easy to reach and only takes 30-45 minutes for a quick look. If you are planning to visit Villa dei Quintili (highly recommend), a combined ticket can be purcha...  more »
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  • It is a small place but very interesting. Cecilia Metella was the daughter in law of the famus Marcus Crassus who served under Julius Cesar. The ticket is a bit expensive but give you also the access to the Villa the Quintili. It is not too far from San Sebastian catacombs, and very easy to visit on the same day.
  • Interesting stop on our tour of Via Appia. There's an old joke about how you find out just how much someone thought of themselves by the size of their tombstone. Well, this might be the largest tombstone I've personally witnessed.
  • Funerary facilities (tombs, mausoleums, catacombs) along the Apia road began to appear immediately after its construction. Since the city’s territory was not supposed to be buried according to the laws then in Rome, these places were considered the most prestigious for burial. One of the most impressive of these buildings in the vicinity of Rome is considered to be the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, dating back to 50 BC. er Recommend!
  • Real Italians at this joint. Always a good sign. I had the carbonara, which is one of my favorite go-tos and metrics, and they did a good job. My wife had lamb, and she loved it. The tiramisu was fantastic, and the waiter friendly. All in all, a good experience!
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