Via Statilia Rome & Republican Sepulchers

The Via Statilia runs from the Porta Maggiore to the Via Emanuele Filiberto in Rome. Although it is not a very long street, it features several attractions. One of the city’s ancient aqueducts runs partly along the street, while its southern part is bordered by the walls of the Villa Wolkonsky. About midway, where the Via Statilia crosses the Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, there are ruins of some ancient Republican sepulchers.

Via Statilia Rome

History and description

Via Statilia Acqueduct Rome
Nero’s Aqueduct in the Via Statilia

The first stretch of the Via Statilia, between the Porta Maggiore and the Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, follows the ancient Roman Via Celimontana. The second stretch is completely new, as the Roman road used to continue from here through what is now the Villa Wolkonsky.

The street owes its name to an ancient Roman gens. A gens was a kind of clan within the bigger population in Republican Rome. Members of a clan had the same family name. The gens Statilia owned many properties in the area.

Nero’s Aqueduct

The aqueduct along this first stretch, which runs through the Parco di Via Statilia, is a secondary branch of the Claudio Aqueduct. It was constructed by Emperoro Nero, to lead water to the artificial lake of his Domus Aurea. The arches along this stretch reach a height of up to 22 meters.

Republican Sepulchers

Republican Sepulchers Rome
Republican Sepulchers

In 1916, when the Via di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme was widened, a group of Republican sepulchers was discovered. These tombs date back to a period spanning from around 100 to 50 BC. Thanks to the gradual raising of the ground level in the area, the sepulchers are extremely well preserved.

The oldest one of the three has a facade of tuff stone blocks. Two round shields have been cut into the blocks next to the entrance. The sepulcher belonged to the librarian Publio Quinzio.

The second sepulcher consists of two cells, each with its own entrance. The facade is decorated with bass-reliefs with the likenesses of its occupants.

The third one dates back to around 50 BC. It is shaped like an ancient altar and is made of both tuff and peperino stone.

In a small space in front of the tombs, what remains of two ancient Roman water pipes can be seen. These were made by hollowing out tuff stone blocks.

Visiting Via Statilia & Roman Sepulchers

The Acquedotto di Nerone can be seen from outside. For the Republican Sepulchers, a reservation is obligatory. The site can only be visited as part of a guided tour, organized by one of the “cultural associations”. The entrance fee is 4 Euros. This does not include the cost of the tour. For information reservations, you call +39 060608.

Via Statilia Rome


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