For centuries, the monumental tomb of Cecilia Metella has been the most famous landmark on the ancient Via Appia, the most important of Rome's consular highways.
A hundred Roman feet in diameter (29.5 m), and standing at the third milestone, the tomb was built during the 1st century BCE to honour Caecilia Metella, the daughter of Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus (consul in 69 BCE), and wife of Marcus Licinius Crassus, son of the famous Marcus Crassus who served under Julius Caesar.
In 1303 the powerful Caetani family transformed the tomb, which is extremely well preserved, with much of its marble facing intact, into a crenellated tower to serve as the keep of the large castle they had built.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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