What’s better than combining a pleasant walk with a cultural visit with a local tour guide.
The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella rises just beyond the Massenzio complex and is a funerary monument built in the years between 30 and 20 BC. for a Roman noblewoman, Cecilia Metella, of whom there is not much information except that given by the large funerary inscription walled up on the upper part of the mausoleum: “CAECILIAE Q (UINTI) CRETICI F (ILIAE) METELLAE CRASSI”, or “A Cecilia Metella , daughter of Quinto Cretico (and wife) of Crasso “.
The imposing and elegant monument, consisting of a high square concrete base, now devoid of its travertine block cladding, rests a cylindrical body of 30 meters in diameter, covered with travertine slabs cut in a fake clew. The sepulcher recalls that of Augustus himself, only smaller and decorated at the top by a marble frieze with festoons and ox heads. The presence of these reliefs takes the name of “Capo di Bove” with which the area was known in the Middle Ages.
From the Tomb of Cecilia Metella it is possible to continue the walk along the Appia Antica where you can admire numerous and important monuments, such as the Catacombs of San Sebastiano and San Callisto, and even further, the Terme de Caracalla.
At the end of the visit you will be accompanied to a restaurant with typical Roman cuisine where you can enjoy traditional dishes including the inevitable Carbonara, Amatriciana, Cacio e Pepe and much more …