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Tomb of Cecilia Metella

via Appia Antica, 161, Rome, Italy
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Ranked #488 of 682 Attractions in Rome
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: Dating from the time of Augustus during the 1st century BC, the tomb of Cecilia Metella is located on the Appian Way, the more than two-millennia-old road that runs from Rome to Brinidisi.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We cycled along the Appian Way - amazing experience! We stopped to visit the Tomb of Cecilia Metella. You can use your Roma Pass for discounted entry.

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Rome, Italy
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

First of all, I am adding to the number of reviewers who say don't bother with the Archeobus - it doesn't come every 20 minutes, and it doesn't stop at many of the places it says it will. You "hop on and hop off" at your peril - you may wait a long time to hop back on. The Mausoleum... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This mausoleum for a wealthy Roman patrician woman is a definite highlight of the Via Appia. It is an impressive structure and the view into the round mausoleum is creepy/cool. It appears that they are still carrying out excavations in the lower part and I would be interested to see what they find or if they could open it up... More

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Hannover, Germany
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63 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

This is a very well presented visit it has Ben tastefully prepared and presented well worth the visit and great value for money.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella was built at the third mile of the Appian Way in the years 30-20 BC. It is a monumental tomb erected for a Roman noblewoman whose father was Quintus Caecilius Metellus, consul in 69 BC, who, between 68 and 65 BC, conquered the island of Crete. Her husband was likely Marcus Licinius Crassus--among Caesars retinue... More

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Vermont, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The Via Appia Antica is a road of ghosts. Walk its length and imagine the fellow travellers on this road, the spirits of dead relatives, the crucifixion posts of Spartacus and his army. Caecelia Metella was the daughter in law of Crassus, arch nemesis of Spartacus - it is her tomb you will see - there is none in Rome... More

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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a tiny museum housed in a huge structure. There are perhaps two dozen items to take a look at inside, but you'll be done in perhaps 5-10 minutes. Disappointingly, the crenelated tower cannot be ascended, and in fact very little of the structure's signature tower can actually be explored. I got in with my Roma Pass, so I... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Tomb of Cecilia Metella is on the Appian Way and is big and a major monument in the area sitting on a hill. However, it has very limited content worth seeing and isn't terribly worthwhile - it's certainly now worth the €6 entry fee - though the underground toilets were very cool and clean and a welcome rest on... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The Appian Way is not for the faint of heart on a non-Sunday, the only day the road is closed to traffic. I was prepared with this information and decided to take a taxi there... a bit more expensive but worth the comfort given this was our 5th day in Rome. This tomb by itself is not worth the effort,... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Distinctive round tower on a high spot of the Via Appia Antica. Go on a Sunday when the road is closed for general traffic. There is a collection of grave markers and funerary statures as well as the buildings. You can get a combined ticket with the Terme di Caracalla and Villa dei Quintilli.

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