A villa located at the third mile of the Appian Way has been identified as the private dwelling of Maxentius, the place where the unfortunate emperor took refuge prior to his fatal last battle.
In addition to traces of the imperial palace, the complex also comprises the remains of a circus used for the enactment of private spectacles for the emperor and his acquaintances and a mausoleum commemorating his son Romulus, who died young in 309 AD.
The entire complex was built in the short span of his reign (306-312) .
The site chosen by the emperor for the construction of his palace was at a place overlooking the Appian Way.
The complex is divided into independent constructions: palace, circus and mausoleum.
From the top of the hill, the palace occupied a natural depression in the land, and the imperial family tombwith its entrance from the Appian Way, the most famous road of tombs.
Information and Addresses
Address Via Appia Antica, 153
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