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Piramide di Caio Cestio

Piramide di Caio Cestio Review

This monumental tomb was designed in 12 BC for the immensely wealthy praetor Gaius Cestius in the form of a 120-foot-tall pyramid. Though little else is known about him, he clearly had a taste for grandeur—and the then-trendy Egyptian style. The structure was completed in just over a month, an extraordinary feat even for the ancient Romans. On the site of the pyramid is a cat colony run by the famous Roman gattare (cat ladies). They look after and try to find homes for some 300 of Rome's thousands of strays (www.igattidellapiramide.it). The pyramid is open to guided tours only; currently, these are regularly given in Italian only and last one hour.

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  • Address: Piazzale Ostiense, Testaccio, Rome, 00154 | Map It
  • Website:
  • Metro Piramide. Buses 3, 30, 60, 75, 95, 118, 130, 175, 719.
  • Location: Testaccio
Updated: 03-19-2014

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