The Villa of Maxentius
The Villa of Maxentius is one of the most evocative archaeological areas of the Roman countryside. It is located inside the Appia Antica Park between the II and III miles of the ancient Via and consists of three main buildings: the palace, the circus and a dynastic mausoleum, designed to celebrate the emperor Maxentius, the unfortunate opponent of Constantine the Great in the battle of Ponte Milvio in 312 AD. The best known monument of the whole complex is the Circus of Maxentius, the only one of the Roman circuses still well preserved in all its parts. Inside a four-sided portico aligned on the ancient Appian Way, stands the dynastic mausoleum, also known as the tomb of Romulus from the name of Valerio Romolo, the young son of the emperor who was presumably buried here. the Villa of Maxentius is part of the system of the Museums in the Municipality and the access to the archaeological area is located near the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella.