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Appian Way and the Aurelian Wall

The Appian Way (Via Appia), an important Imperial Roman road dating from the 4th century BC, was built to quickly move supplies and Roman soldiers to strategic points of the Roman Empire. The Appian Way was the first and most important Roman road, stretching from Rome to Brindisi on the southeast coast of Italy.

It was the work of architect Appius Claudius Caecus (hence the road's name). You can still walk the long straight cobblestone road, and along the way are catacombs and churches.

As the Roman Empire began its terminal decline, Rome was the focus of attacks and invasions by barbarians. In the third century AD the Aurelian Wall was built around the city's seven hills for protection. The Aurelian Wall  had many gates, one of them being the Porta San Sebastiano (which still stands today). It was once called the Porta Appia because it marks the point where the Appian Way begins. The gate now contains a museum about the wall and Rome's ancient gates.

Practical Info

One of the best places to begin exploring the Via Appia is at the Parco Regionale Dell'Appia Antica. Metro line A has a stop at Parco Appia Antica.

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Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 283 Reviews

Travel along Rome’s ancient Appian Way and explore its ancient aqueducts, Catacombs and countryside on this 3-hour tour. Escape the city’s hustle and bustle ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.82
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Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 175 Reviews

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience Rome as not many do! On a small-group Roman countryside bike tour of the ancient Appian Way and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.05

Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 129 Reviews

Explore the highlights of early Christian Rome on this 3-hour coach and walking tour. With an expert guide, visit the magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.42

Segway tour of Appian Way in Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Glide down Appian Way, one of the first paved roads in history, on this 4.5-hour Segway tour from Rome. With an expert tour leader leading the way, cruise ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $88.68
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Rome Vespa Tour: Highlights of the Seven Hills of Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Combine history with adventure on a 3-hour tour of the hills of Rome by classic Vespa scooter! As your private guide drives, enjoy the wind in your hair and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.52

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