Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella

sights / Historic

Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella information

Rome , Italy
Via Appia Antica 161
+390 6 3996 7700
Getting there
Bus: Via Appia Antica
More information
admission incl Terme di Caracalla & Villa dei Quintili adult/reduced €7/4
Opening hours
9am-1hr before sunset Tue-Sun
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Dating to the 1st century BC, this great drum of a mausoleum encloses a burial chamber (built for the daughter of the consul Quintus Metellus Creticus), now roofless. The walls are made of travertine and the interior is decorated with a sculpted frieze featuring Gaelic shields, ox skulls and festoons.

In the 14th century it was converted into a fort by the Caetani family, who used to frighten passing traffic into paying a toll.