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“What a sad, desolate sight”

Mausoleo di Augusto
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

One of the most important archaeological sites of the Augustan/Julio-Claudian era and it lies neglected and crumbling behind construction fencing.
No apparent signs of life or re-construction behind the fencing either.
This lies directly opposite the magnificent, brand new home of the Ara Pacis - which is an unfortunate juxtaposition.
I guess the government's money can only go so far. Benefactor needed immediately!

Thank KathyW201
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Just like an etruscan Tumulo, Augusto's funeral monument is totally humble, simple and titanic.

Thank Massimo B
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

We came upon the ruins of the Mausoleum of Augustus Caesar in Piazza Augusta Imperatore as we walked along Lungo Tevere on the banks of the Tiber. As first we wondered what it was as it was surrounded by a wire fence and the area in front of it was dug up. We could not enter the building which was clearly of some significence. It was a sorry looking sight. What a come down from what had been originally - the largest tomb matched only by Hadrian's tomb in the Castel San Angelo on the other side of the Tiber. It had been lined with trevetine and this had long since been robbed and used for other buildings. Many of Augustus' family were also buried here including Agrippina (mother of Caligula). In time her funerary urn was used as a corn measure and can now be seen in the Captoline Museum. Over the years Augustus's tomb has seen many uses - fortress, quarry, garden (there are remenants of these around it), arena for bull fights, circus and concert hall. One hopes that the renovations that appear to be happening will return it to a visitable site soon.

4  Thank Rasputin21
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

It really was not worth the time taken to walk to it. Was expecting to be able to see something of the resting places of the leader of the past, but there was nothing. Don't go, there is so much more to see elsewhere.

3  Thank EJP1170
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

It seems like such a shame that this final resting place of so many of the Imperial family down to the Emporer Nerva, has not been restored and opened to the public.

As you look across from the Ara Pacis it seems like a sad shell of a place and it's had such a colourful history. Perhaps It's on the to do list. I hope so because it looks like only homeless people see the inside of it. Actually if they aren't going to do anything else with it why not turn it into a shelter?

As a traveller to Rome, you won't be able to get in here which is why it gets such a poor rating. But at least it has survived this long so who knows what will happen in the future

2  Thank DublinBarb
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