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  • Address: Via Appia Antica, Italy
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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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Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Electric Bike Tour, Rome, null
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Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Electric Bike Tour

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Explore rural Italy and discover ancient Roman ruins on this 6-hour Appian Way, catacombs and Roman countryside electric bike tour. Cycle the ancient Appian ...  Read more

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

From USD $96.96
Christian Rome Afternoon Tour, Rome, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 632 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 $58.18
Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour, Rome, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour

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Discover a secret world beneath the streets of Rome on this 3-hour tour of the Catacombs of St. Sebastian. Travel along the Appian Way, one of the most ...  Read more

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

From USD $62.74
Segway tour of Appian Way in Rome, Rome, Half-day Tours
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Segway tour of Appian Way in Rome

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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 $85.56
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6-hour Bike Tour: Appian Way and Aqueducts Park, Rome, Segway Tours
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6-hour Bike Tour: Appian Way and Aqueducts Park

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Enjoy a 6-hour cycle ride from central Rome towards the countryside and see the Appian Way from the saddle of a comfortable bicycle. Experienced guides will ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.73
Bike Rental: Appia Anticain Regional Park in Rome, Rome, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Bike Rental: Appia Anticain Regional Park in Rome

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

You'll be able to ride at your leisure along the most ancient highway in the world. The park covers 3,400-acres along 16km (10-miles) of the Roman road ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $18.25
Jubilee 2016 The Church Fathers Private Full Day tour in Rome with Limo VIP service included, Rome, ... 
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Jubilee 2016 The Church Fathers Private Full Day tour in Rome with Limo VIP service included

Peter an Paul represent the very beginning of christianity. From Palestine this new faith leaves the shores of the middle east and comes to Rome. It is ...  Read more

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

From USD $147.16
Roman Countryside Food and Wine Tasting from Rome, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Roman Countryside Food and Wine Tasting from Rome

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover a fascinating world within walking distance of Rome, enjoy a unique experience, a tour in the heart of the Roman countryside, the "Castelli ...  Read more

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

From USD $192.79
Rome: Appian Way Family Tour, Rome, Day Trips
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Rome: Appian Way Family Tour

Learn about one of the Roman Empire’s most famous roads on a 2.5-hour family-friendly tour of Rome’s Appian Way. Play fun learning games that explain the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.74
Rome on Two Wheels: Appian Way and Aqueducts Park Bike Tour, Rome, Family Friendly Tours & ... 
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Rome on Two Wheels: Appian Way and Aqueducts Park Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy Rome on a 4 hours bike tour with a smart local guide. A unique experience along the Appian Way, also known as the "Queen of the Roads" as wrote ...  Read more

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

From USD $39.93

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