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 a little less than a year. The pyramid currently is undergoing a much-needed restoration (paid for with a €1-million donation by Japanese fashion tycoon Yazu Yagi) and is covered in scaffolding; the
project is expected to finish by the end of 2014.
Piazzale Ostiense, Rome, 00154, Italy