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Looking sharp in Rome
The city's 2000-year-old pyramid has been restored
The Pyramid of Cestius is 36 metres tall with an exterior of white Carrara marble, but amazingly few people visit the 2000-year-old structure given Rome’s many ancient sites. Constructed as the burial tomb for a Roman magistrate named Caius Cestius, the pyramid’s burial chamber features frescoed figures in the style of Pompeii. Located near a busy intersection and subway station, the pyramid is one of four known to have been built in ancient Roman days, but the only surviving one today. Japanese clothing magnate Yuzo Yagi recently footed its €2 million restoration — Rome’s heavy pollution blackens and corrodes monuments. To reserve a spot on a tour (€5.50), call (011- 39-06) 3996-7700. coopculture.it.
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