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Tomb of Cecilia Metella

via Appia Antica, 161, Rome, Italy
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Ranked #414 of 726 attractions in Rome
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

No, it is not. I agree with other reviews. The remains are not interesting and what you see from outside is all it deserves to be seen. The Mausoleo has nothing inside which is worth the admission fee (€ 6) unless you plan to visit two other sites where you can enter with the same ticket. These sites are the... More

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Just at the beginning of the old paved Appia - right after the Catacombs - the site is an impressive construction from the outside. The interior is nor essential to visit and you save a few Euros. Best time to visit the site? After midnight, surrounded by ghosts....

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