Via Appia Antica, Rome
Probably the best preserved tomb along the
via appia Antiqua.
Who was she?
We know very little about this lady.
We know that her dad and her husband
were rich nobleman and generals in the
army of Rome.The daughter of the counsel
Quintus Metellus Creticus, wife of Marcus
Grassus, son of the triumvir colleague of
Caesar and Pompey.
(they called Pompey 'Magnus the great)
Originally the trommel must have been filled
with soil and cypresses were groing on it.
In 1302 Pope Bonifacius VIII gave the tombe
to it's family , the Caetani. They reconstructed
their castle so the tombe belonged to it.
Now they could ask high toll for travellers
Yes , this must have been an act of Christian
Charity. No , doubt about that.
Pope Sixtus V did even better , he stole all
the marble covering in the 16th century.
In the middle ages the name for this tomb
used to be 'Capo di Bove' because of the
frieze with ox heads and flowers.
If you want to go in , you'll have to pay a small
admission. We didn't , we still had a long way to go.
One of the best sightseeing things Rome offers, in my view. But to walk along the Via Appia Antica you need to have time to spend, that is if you want to stop and see all the things there are to admire while you are on your walk!
I must say that this is the best preserved Roman road I have ever seen, and I always pay attention to such things - I am a real junkie for all things ancient:)))
Ancient Rome is also famous for his roads network. Its strenght was also the possibilities to move big armies using those roads in a relatively short time.
Roads connected the whole empire. For example the Via Aurelia (Aurelia road) reached Barcelona (yes, in Spain)!
The Appian road (Via Appia antica) is a open sky museum. This is a pic taken from my travelogue I strongly recommend you to visit.
Walk along the Appian Way - it is so evocative. You can just imagine the soldiers marching along it in days gone by. It's a nice place to have a picnic. You'll have sore feet by the time you get back to your hotel.