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Typology: Villas and archaeological areas


Address: Via Appia Antica, 222
Zone: Quartiere Appio Pignatelli (Roma sud)
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Opening times

Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with last entry 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed on 25th December and 1st January.
From 1st October to 31st October from 9 to 18.30
From 1st November to 28th/29th February from 9 to 16.30
From 1st March to 31st March from 9 to 18.30
From 1 April to 30 September from 9 to 19.15

For updates anduidelines, please visit the official website.

The archaeological area is 100% accessible thanks to a ramp and a beaten earth path.
There are adequate toilet facilities.


Can be visited with the Mia Appia Card. If you are entitled to a reduced/free ticket you can choose to buy a single site ticket.
From 3 April 2022, free entry on the first Sunday of every month.

The external archaeological area and the archives are open to the public.

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The Capo di Bove complex overlooks the fourth mile of the Via Appia Antica, about 500 m away from the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. It is a green area of about 8,600 square metres with a main building on three levels and a smaller one inside. When the property was put up for sale in 2002, the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma and the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali decided to purchase it by exercising their right of pre-emption, given the archaeological interest of the area (as also sanctioned by a specific constraint).
After the purchase, an excavation was carried out in the garden, which brought to light a thermal plant dating from the middle of the 2nd century AD with building phases up to the 4th century and traces of agricultural-productive use dating from the late ancient period, when the area was part of the Patrimonium Appiae (a vast agricultural estate owned by the Church). The remains of the baths include dozens of rooms, mosaic and coloured marble floors, water tanks, terracotta pipes, the sewage system and portions of the marble slab and painted plaster coverings.
The garden has been redesigned with the planting of new trees, the creation of an articulated pedestrian pathway and the installation of an effective lighting system.
The main building, originally used for residential purposes, has been adapted by the Superintendency for its new public function: it houses offices, a conference room, photographic and art exhibitions, cultural events, educational meetings and houses the archive and library of Antonio Cederna, the father of the environmental movement in Italy who fought so hard to protect the Via Appia Antica. The building, which stands on the Roman cistern that fed the baths, has a characteristic curtain wall of reclaimed ancient materials, built in the 1950s.
The adjoining smaller building, formerly an annexe to the house, has been converted into a reception area for visitors, equipped with toilets and drink vending machines.



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