Tomb of Cecilia Metella Rome
Tomb of Cecilia Metella is located along the ancient Roman road known as the Appian Way. The massive tomb was built for the patrician woman Cecilia Metella.
Cecilia Metella was the daughter of a consul of Rome. A very important and wealthy family known as the Caecilius Metellus family. The family held both important political seats as well as several military positions. Her husband Marcus Licinius Crassus distinguished himself as a powerful legate to Caesar’s campaign in Gaul.
The sarcophagus of Caecilia Metella was placed in the central cell. If you look up halfway at the cylindrical body, you can see an inscription. Translated, it reads "To Caecilia Metella, daughter of Quintus Creticus and wife of Crassus". However today the sarcophagus of Caecilia Metella is no longer inside the tower. It has been moved to the Palazzo Farnese in Rome.
Today the tomb itself is more or less in ruins. Outside is beautiful and impressive, but inside there is not much to see. The interior is nor essential to visit, not at all valued for what should represent Cecilia.
There is a small museum on site. However, it has very limited content worth seeing.
It is worth it stop by for about half hour. The bonus about stopping and seeing the Tomb of Cecilia Metella is the entrance fee for here will allow admission into Villa of the Quintilii and the Baths of Caracalla.