The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, finally open to the public: a clear, handy guide to the discovery of one of the masterpieces of ancient Rome.
In the major renewal works of the Appian Way, which have made it possible to reveal long segments of the ancient pavement and to restore several mausoleums along the sides of the road, one of the most significant developments is the opening of the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, a monument built between 30 and 20 BC that is a true symbol of the road.
First built as a tomb, in the 1300s the Roman edifice was incorporated in the Castrum Caetani, becoming the main tower of the fortification system.
The guide, with clear, thorough texts and fine illustrations, accompanies the reader in the discovery of the site, and documents the archaeological materials exhibited at Palazzo Caetani, restored and presented in a new, evocative setting that offers an overview of the decorative typologies of the funerary monuments built along the Appian Way.
Interpretation and historical reconstruction of the edifice, information on the rooms and their functions, the conserved works, plans, elevations and views: an indispensable resource for tourists and archaeology lovers exploring the Appian Way. English edition.