Caius Caestius Pyramid
The Cestia (“tchah-steeah“) pyramid is dated back in the 1st century b.C. and take its name from “Caius Caestius” the nobleman who wanted it built as a monumental tomb for his family. It has been a “must-see” of the “Grand Tour”, the solo travelling that noble young men used to undertake back in the XVII century as an educational trip, as it was a unique in Europe: the only one left of many erected in Rome back when Egyptian influence on roman late Republic culture was growing and everything that originated there had a strong charm on upper class Romans.
Today the Cestia pyramid stands, white and bright, thanks to a recent refurbishing, where Testaccio (tahs-tatch-yo) and Ostiense (ohs-tiahn-zeh) neighbourhoods meet, sort of a luxurious milestone for everyone to admire; behind it the secretive garden of the non-catholic cemetery hides to preserve its tranquillity; on its left the S. Paul’s gate, with its two perfectly preserved round towers, one of the ancient access to the city that now hosts a museum of the old “via ostiense“: the road that connected Rome to the harbour of Ostia Antica on the thyrrenian coast.
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