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Via Appia 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 3rd 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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Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

4.5 star rating: Recommended 430 Reviews

Master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a genuine gladiator school on the ancient Appian Way. You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's gladiator ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.02

Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 267 Reviews

Journey along Rome's ancient Appian Way to take a guided walking tour through the Catacombs. You'll travel by coach to the southern edge of ancient Rome and ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.02

Rome by Night Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 411 Reviews

Sit back and relax on a 2-hour night sightseeing tour of Rome! While traveling by air-conditioned coach around Rome’s ‘centro storico,’ Ancient Rome and ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.65

Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 159 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 $107.75

Rome Vespa Tour: Highlights of the Seven Hills of Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 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 $245.51

Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 155 Reviews

Tour Rome's sacred Christian sites on an afternoon guided tour. You'll visit the famous Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and Saint John in Lateran, and travel ...  Read more

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

From USD $66.83

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