Cecilia Metella

Past the catacombs of the Via Appia Antica (south of Rome) on the left side of the road at the top of a hill, rises the Tomb of Celia Metella. This best of the Old Appian Way tombs is the resting place to the daughter-in-law of Crassus, a 1st-century BC land mogul and Julius Caesar’s financier. The tomb was preserved in the early 14th century when Pope Bonifacio VIII donated it to his own powerful family. They turned it into the base of a massive fortress used to guard the road and exact tolls.

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