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Via Appia Antica

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Via Appia Antica
Alt Name:
The Appian Way
Ancient Rome
400BC - 301BC
Baths of Caracalla, Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella,
Villa dei Quintili, Circus of Maxentius,

Via Appia Antica history

Via Appia Antica, also known as the Appian Way, is one of the oldest and most important roads leading to Rome. Built in 312 BC, it was slowly extended and, by 191 BC, it reached the port of Brindisi, over 550km southeast of the city (along the “heel” of Italy). Thus, Via Appia Antica became a gateway to the east.

In 66 BC, Julius Caesar became the curator of the Appian Way and, to gain crucial electoral votes, borrowed significant sums to restore the ancient highway.

Over the centuries, several important events are said to have occurred along Via Appia Antica and, perhaps most notably, Christian legend has it that it was the road on which Christ appeared to a fleeing St. Peter, convincing him to return to Rome thereafter being executed and martyred.

In ancient Rome,  the Via Appia Antica was a popular location for tombs and catacombs, many of which are scattered along the road today, including the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. Christian catacombs such as the Catacombs of San Callisto and the St. Sebastian Catacombs can also be found there.

Other impressive monuments on the Via Appia Antica, which became the route to the affluent suburbs of Rome, include the Villa and Circus of Maxentius, the Villa dei Quintili and the Baths of Caracalla.

With such a clear route to so many incredible monuments, the Via Appia Antica offers tourists a great way to explore the road’s history, which is so inextricably intertwined with that of Rome. Today, the Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica oversees much of the site.

Probably the best way to travel along Via Appia Antica is by public transport. Indeed, it is closed to private traffic on Sundays and on holidays. For itineraries along Via Appia Antica, check the official website.


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Dan Carpenter
06 Mar, 2015

We walked the first section of the Appia Antica road. After about 8-9 miles, there was a nice cafe for lunch and they have bike rentals. With the bikes we were able to about another 9 miles further away from the city, after seeing many of the villas, baths, and catacombs, etc. we made it to a great view of the aquaducts and saw the locals harvesting the olive trees.

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contact details

Address: Via Appia Antica 42, 00179 Rome (Park headquarters)

Phone: 06 5126314

E-Mail: info@parcoappiaantica.it

visitor information

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Via Appia Antica opening times and ticket prices:
Prices and opening times vary for each site along Via Appia Antica (many close an hour before sunset). Check individual sites.


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