What is an Egyptian-style pyramid doing in the heart of Rome?

It is the tomb of the wealthy praetor Caius Cestius Epulone which was built just before 12 B.C., the year of his death. It was constructed shortly after the empire’s conquest of Egypt, at a time when anything to do with the culture of this new province was extremely fashionable in Rome. 36.40 metres high and standing on a travertine foundation, measuring just under 30 square metres at the base, it is made of concrete.

The work was completed, according to an inscription on its front façade, in 330 days. Its rear may be seen from the nearby Cimitero Acattolico (Non-Catholic Cemetery) where English Poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, America Beat Poet Gregory Corso, American Physician, Lecturer, Abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond, Italian Philosopher and Founder of the Italian Communist party Antonio Gramsci are all buried along with a long list of other famous personages  

Address

Piazzale Ostiense

Via Raffaele Persichetti

Online purchase: www.coopculture.it/heritage.cfm?id=59#

Telephone: +39 06 39967700 prenotazioni

Telephone purchase: +39 06 39967700

Web site: www.coopculture.it/heritage.cfm?id=59

Services

Accessible to disabled people

Hours

Open for guided tours only.

1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 10.30am: access after visiting Museo della Via Ostiense. Reservation required at 06 5743193 (Museo della Via Ostiense-SSBAR) 

INDIVIDUALS GUIDED TOUR
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month; 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month; 3th Saturday and 3th Sunday of every month from March 2016
- timetable: 11 am
- languages: Italian
- persons: max 20 pax
- duration: 1 hour
- price: € 5,50
- reservation: suggested

GUIDED TOUR FOR GROUPS
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month; 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month; 3th Saturday and 3th Sunday of every month from March 2016
- timetable: 10 am and 12 pm
- languages: english, italian, french, german, spanish
- persons: max 20 pax
- duration: 1 hour
- price: visit € 130.00
- reservation: required

ACCOMPANIST
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month; 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month; 3th Saturday and 3th Sunday of every month from March 2016
- timetable: 10 am and 12 pm
- persons: max 20 pax
- duration: 1 hour
- price: visit € 40.00
- reservation: required

GUIDED TOUR FOR SCHOOLS
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month; 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month; 3th Saturday and 3th Sunday of every month from March 2016
- timetable: 10 am and 12 pm
- languages: english, italian, french, german, spanish
- persons: max 20 pax
- duration: 1 hour
- price: visit € 130.00
- reservation: required

ACCOMPANIST
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month; 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month; 3th Saturday and 3th Sunday of every month from March 2016
- timetable: 10 am and 12 pm
- persons: max 20 pax
- duration: 1 hour
- price: visit € 40.00
- reservation: required

Accessible to disabled people.
Accessible equipped toilet available.