The underground of the Pyramid of Cestia tour
- Step behind the walls of the Pyramid of Cestius and discover the burial chamber concealed within
- Gain exclusive entry to a monument normally reserved for scientists and scholars
- Discover the history of the pyramid's construction in the ancient inscriptions carved on the outer walls
Enter the burial chamber of the Pyramid of Cestius and discover a world normally hidden from public view. On this 1.5-hour tour, you'll gain exclusive access to Rome's ancient pyramid and uncover the layers of history found within its walls.
This funeral monument was dedicated to the member of the College of the Septemviri, Caius Cestius Epulone, who died around 12 BC. The work gives insight into the aristocratic classes’ fascination with Egypt after its conquest in 30 BC. The structure consists of concrete covered by slabs of marble. The Cestia pyramid is approximately 37 meters tall and rests on a square base measuring 30 meters per side. The complex, built in an isolated position along Via Ostiense, is near the area of Porta di San Paolo along the course of the Aurelian Walls, where it was placed by the same emperor between 274 and 277 AD.
During the Middle Ages, the Cestia Pyramid was mistakenly considered the tomb of Remus, brother of Rome’s founder Romulus; it was restored by Alexander VII between 1656 and 1663 AD as the inscription on the westside testifies. During that occasion, it is thought that an entrance was opened into the funeral chambers in order to steal the marble sepulcher. The interior measures 6 by 4 meters and has vaulted ceilings that were decorated with frescos of female figures and ornamental paintings, some of which are still well preserved.
- Archaeologically-literate guide
- Gratuities (optional)
- Transportation from hotel
- Child (0-12). reduced
Piazzale Ostiense, 11, 00154 Roma RM, Italy
In Via del Campo Boario, close to the iron gate near the pyramid
- November-March: Tuesday at 11.00am and Saturday at 3.00pm
- April-October: Friday and Saturday at 11:00 am, Sunday at 3.30pm
- Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the starting time