The Pyramid of Rome open to visitors this October 2023

You’ve been asking us about it so much and finally.. The Pyramid of Rome opens to visitors this October!

This October in fact there will be special openings of the Pyramid, every Sunday. You’ll be able to access with free guided tours which are to be booked online.

Visits to the Pyramid run on very rare occasions. Cultural Heritage days, Open House and other associations initiatives. So this is a very unique opportunity!

How to book the visit to the Pyramid?

To book the visit of the Pyramid you’ll have to book online through the form linked on this website. Bookings for the Sunday tour will only be available on the previous Tuesday. If you find no access to the form that means the visits are sold out. Please note it is not us at Live Virtual Guide organizing these tours, we are just sharing this news with you 😊

Why is there a Pyramid in Rome?

Here’s a video we made some time ago where we show what’s inside the Pyramid of Caius Cestius in Rome:

YouTube video

This is the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, an aristocrat who lived during the empire of Augustus. He decided to build his family tomb in the shape of an Egyptian pyramid. The pyramid was built between the years 18 and 12 BC! Years where Egyptian things were so much in fashion in Rome.

What’s inside the Pyramid of Rome? Inside you’ll find a rectangular room with a barrel vault and original ancient Roman frescoes!

Some parts of the walls are missing, as well as the “treasures” that you would expect to find inside a Pyramid.

This is because of the tomb raiders that since the Middle Ages and through the centuries entered this tomb and sacked its content.

Surely there was an urn with the remains of Gaius Cestius, as well as family treasures. None of these were found, but we can still imagine the lush objects that must have been here!

The pyramid is 36 meters tall (118 feet) and it took only 330 days to build!

Written by Federica

Creative director of Live Virtual Guide. Her favorite things are gelato, pizza and the hidden gems of Rome.

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