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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  • 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...  more »
  • This is the one of the largest and best preserved tombs along Rome’s Via Appia. It is thought to have been built in the late first century BC. The structure was incorporated into a medieval fort in.....  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.

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