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Sepolcro degli Scipioni, Rome

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  • June 7, 2017
    We had a guide take us here and there weren't many tourists. It's so beautiful to see and well preserved. It's the wall of old Rome and not many people who go to Rome ever go there and see it. The vie...  more »
  • May 11, 2017
    After an interminable restoration a few years ago was reopened to the public, which can only be accessed in small groups through visits by appointment, one of the most important Roman mausoleums of Republican age, il Sepolcro degli Scipioni. Dug directly into the Tuff bench early in the third century BC, hosted the burials of many members of the family of Scipioni except the most famous of all, Scipio winner of Hannibal, said the African (major). The visit can be particularly appreciated by fans of Roman history and still needs height and expert guides of epigraphy. Inside there are works of art of great value and all of the sarcophagi and inscriptions are copies of the originals brought to the Vatican museums and that unfortunately never come back in their place of origin. Burial and then of pilgrimage for at least six centuries, mentioned by many authoritative sources, has slowly fallen into oblivion, covered with sediment and then of buildings of the Imperial age, then medieval, modern, then used as calcarario, mine of exhibits, cellar and only 20 years of the 20th century restored and made accessible. You log on to the damp burial chambers trying to imagine the time when the powerful men of the family held the highest offices of the Roman Republic and were the protagonists of epic and legendary feats but also of betrayals, conspiracies and corruption. I waited 25 years to enter and I got u bit moved. In the tour you can appreciate even a columbarium in excellent condition and architectural superstructure in over two thousand years they superimposed over and over again.
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  • March 30, 2017
    The tomb of the scipios originated at the beginning of the 3rd century BC, probably thanks to the initiative of Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, whose sarcophagus (in copy since the original is in the Vatican Museums) is located in a privileged position within the sepulchre, aligned with the main entrance. Family history can be reconstructed from the many inscriptions found here, but you don't expect to find the tomb of the most famous of Scipio Africanus, in here. Everyone knows that he was buried in his villa at Literno, as ancient authors. Absolutely worth visiting.
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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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