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Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella

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Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella
Alt Name:
Mausoleo di Caecillia Metella
Ancient Rome
100BC - 1BC
Circus of Maxentius, Pyramid of Cestius,
Via Appia Antica, Villa dei Quintili,

Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella history

The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella (Mausoleo di Caecillia Metella) is a large well-preserved tomb along Rome’s Via Appia.

The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella is thought to have been built in the late first century BC and incorporated into a medieval fort in the fourteenth century.

Whilst little is known about its namesake, the inscription on the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella indicates that she was from a prominent Roman family. Her father, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus was a senior magistrate who played an important role in the capture of the island of Crete. Cecilia Metella’s husband Marcus Licinius Crassus the Younger was also an important political figure in the time of Caesar.

Vast, cylindrical and turret-like, the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella is visible from around Via Appia. There is little to see inside the mausoleum, although there is a frieze depicting, amongst other things, the skulls of oxen.


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contact details

Address: Via Appia Antica, 161, 00178 Rome, Italy

Phone: +39.06.39967700

visitor information

Directions to Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella:
Take bus 118 from outside Circo Massimo metro station towards Lagonegro and alight at Basilica S. Sebastiano (11 stops). Past the Circus of Maxentius. Bus 660 from Colli Albani metro (line A) also goes there.

Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella opening times and ticket prices:
The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella is open 9am-an hour before sunset. Closed Mondays and 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec. Combined ticket (with Villa dei Quintili and Baths of Caracalla) costs €6 (€3 reduced).


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