Via Appia Antica

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Via Appia Antica
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Selley83
Gateshead, UK20 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This was truly a memorable day. If you have time hire a bike from the cafe and cycle the whole length then stop off at the aqueducts. This place is simply beautiful. So much history in one place.
Written 18 April 2022
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ToujoursLaRoute
Iasi, Romania880 contributions
Mar 2022
Great place for a sunny day! I really suggest to rent a bike and to take advantage of the ruins, of the old road, of all the large spaces in the park...you can easily do everything in three hours.
Written 31 March 2022
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sinaansari
Vienna, Austria90 contributions
Sep 2021
For me, it was too boring to walk all the way and in my opinion, one can do better things in Rome. The highlight was the tower at the beginning of the road and the knowledge that it was an old and maybe the most important road in the ancient Rome. With this knowledge and way of thniking, I enjoyed the first minutes of the walk, but then, it was boring and due to too many cars, the emotion was spoiled.
In sum, if one has extra time in Rome, it would be great to visit the tower and walk 10 minutes along the road.
Written 21 September 2021
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DiviFilius13
Vienna, Austria139 contributions
Sep 2021
I have never reviewed any attractions, but in this case I make an exception, as I hardly found any useful information myself before preparing to this hiking.

As a preparation, make sure that you have comfortable shoes, protection from the Sun, and enough water. Please note that there are neither shops nor restaurants of any sort along the Via Appia Antica! Also, there are no toilets, but there are occasional springs with drinkable cold water on the way (one is at around 6km, the others on the later stages). Depending on which part of the day and season you are going, shadow is also a luxury (especially at the stages towards Santa Maria Delle Mole).
We arrived at Via Appia Antica at around 11am. In early September, at that time of the day, you have the Sun exactly behind you, so it is perfect for walking this section, as for a few kilometres there is absolutely no shadow (that changes somewhat, but not significantly on the later stages). There is, however, always a nice wind and there is no elevation on the entire Via Appia Antica, which makes the long walk more comfortable. I would recommend though to try to go as early as possible.

You can walk the Via Appia Antica from Rome towards Fratocchie or the other way around. We took the train from Roma Termini to Santa Maria Delle Mole, and walked 20.5km back to Termini (where our hotel was located). The ticket with Trenitalia costs 1.50€ per person and the journey takes about 30 minutes. Please be aware that when you leave the train station at Santa Maria Delle Mole, there are "Via Appia" signs; do not follow them, as they are leading you towards the motorway called Via Appia Nuova! Instead, just turn right on Viale della Republica and in 100m or so there is the path of Via Appia Antica to the left towards Rome.

You will see the first ruins, when you reach 2.2-2.8km - until then only field and bush. As you walk further, the more ruins, more trees, and more villas you see, and only a very few people - mainly cyclists.
This is the best section, because after around 10km, you arrive at the worst section of Via Appia Antica, which is used exclusively by cars and buses. This section is not only demotivating, but dangerous, as we had to walk literally 30-50cm away from cars speeding at around 80km/h! This section goes on for about 4-5km (via Porta di San Sebastino), ending at Terme di Caracalla in Rome. To walk from Santa Maria Delle Mole to the Colosseum is exactly 16km (about 3.5 hours with a short rest on the way in the occasional shadow).

This is my experience. I hope it will help you. If you have any questions, let me know.
I would definitely recommend to walk the Via Appia Antica, despite the first stage of 2.5km is mainly field with not much to see and the dangerous stage of 4-5km. The rest is nice, tranquil, and refreshing for mind and soul. You can also do this with a bike, though the terrain is quite rough due to the uneven cobblestones. Alternatively, you can skip the dangerous section by taking a bus back to Rome.
Written 12 September 2021
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Kurt_188
Puurs, Belgium648 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We walked to the Via Appia Antica to discover it on foot. What we didn’t know, and what none of our tourist guides mentioned, is that you have to walk several kilometres before the road gets interesting. All this time, you are walking between two blind walls where pedestrians are like aliens. Traffic flies by and by the time that you reach the more interesting part, you feel exhausted. A good advice: discover the Via Appia by bike, or skip the first kilometres by bus.
Written 27 August 2021
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Andrea
Milan, Italy239 contributions
Sep 2020
This ancient road impresses a lot because despite the many centuries after it was built it still looks great. Just to walk and look around and imagine how could it be centuries ago.
Written 18 June 2021
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dapper777
Monaco32,121 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
In 312 BC Appius Claudius Caecus, an important statesman of the Roman Republic, built the first Roman road (the Via Appia) which, following the direction that the nature itself of the land indicated, connected Rome with the regions of the South.
This road was called, for this reason, from the name of its builder, Via Appia and was extended several times up to Capua, then to Benevento until reaching Brindisi, the extreme tip of the Puglia region.
It soon became the "Regina Viarum", the Queen of the Roads, the most important road among all the roads that originated from the Eternal City.
Well, if you happen to have half a day free, it is worth taking this road by bike or by car.
You will start from the Porta San Sebastiano, then there is the small church "Domine Quo Vadis", then you will see the Basilica and the catacombs of St. Sebastian, the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella...and beyond.
In the enchanting setting of the Roman countryside and in the midst of marvelous pines and cypresses more than a hundred years old, swaying in the sky...
You will not forget this trip.
Written 19 November 2020
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Kciff
Fox Island, WA1,016 contributions
Feb 2020
This is the countryside walk that many Romans take on the weekend. It is beautiful scenery, villas along the way that makes you wish you had several million Lire. There are ruins of Ancient Rome here too and churches with catacombs but a simple walk down the Via Appia is memorable.
Written 12 March 2020
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L3K
Guisborough, UK1,826 contributions
Jan 2020
I really enjoyed our afternoon stroll along the old Appian Way. I loved the ancient road surface with the distinctive shaped trees. They looked great, even in the drizzle. There are the odd tomb to be seen alongside it, but many are in a state of ruin.

It was nice and peaceful, away from the crowds of the city centre.

It was easy to get to. Get the A line metro to Arco di Travertino, then the 660 bus to the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. The 765 takes you back to the metro station.
Written 21 February 2020
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,086 contributions
Jan 2020
This Via starts at the Porta San Sebastiano, the most famous antic road of Rome, and goes to each direction out of Rome, and was still mentioned at the Bible; it was the most important road, called "the Appian Way", today, you can see the original big stones from Via Appia; it was Claudio Appio who had built in 312 BC. this important road, who remains an important part of Christian Rome.
Written 10 January 2020
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