Notes on the Geography of Italy: Classical Rome 2: Photo 15
Along the road, the first-century B.C. tomb of Cecilia Metella. A presumably conical roof is long gone. In the 13th century the cylindrical tomb--70 feet in diameter--was converted into a stronghold by the Savelli and Caetani families. It was Boniface VIII, of the Caetani, who added the upper battlements of lava, taken from the tip of a long lava tongue that extends from the Alban Hills. In the background is the Caetani fortress.
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