The Barberini Tomb opens to the public
In the Archaeological Park of the Ancient Appian Way is the monumental Corneli Sepulcher, better known as Barberini Tomb, after the princely family that last owned the estate where this 2nd-century funerary complex rises.
On one side of Via Latina, which runs along a row of Rome’s slender pines, this brick temple stands out, intact, since the times of the Antonine dynasty. It has two floors above ground and an underground funerary chamber, at the heart of the monument: a wonder that will open to the public in November 2017.
Frescoes on the inside walls depict animals, plants, heroes and gods, and as soon as the setup is complete everybody will have the chance to appreciate the beautiful mosaic floor of the underground funerary chamber, where the so-called Barberini Sarcophagus (decorated with the myth of Protesilaus and Laodamia, now at the Vatican Museums) was found.