Appian Way and Aurelian Walls (Via Appia Antica e Mure Aureliane)
Appian Way and Aurelian Walls (Via Appia Antica e Mure Aureliane)

Appian Way and Aurelian Walls (Via Appia Antica e Mure Aureliane)

Free admission
Via Appia Antica, Rome, 00179

The Basics

Named for architect Appius Claudius Caecus, the Appian Way was one of Rome’s main highways for centuries. As the empire began its decline in the third century and Rome experienced barbarian attacks, the Aurelian Walls (Mure Aureliane) were erected around the city’s seven hills for protection. These defensive walls had a number of gates, including Porta Appia (or Porta San Sebastiano), which today contains a museum about the Aurelian Walls.

A guided walking or bike tour down the Appian Way from the Aurelian Walls through the Ancient Appian Way Regional Park and Caffarella Park is the perfect way to explore this historic road and the ancient sites along its route through the Roman countryside. Appian Way tours include stops at sites like the thermal baths of Caracalla, the early Christian San Callisto Catacombs, the Circus of Maxentius, the tomb of Caecilia Metella, and the ancient Roman aqueducts. You can also join a guided small-group bus tour to explore the ancient road from central Rome.

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Rome EBike Tour: Appian Way, Catacombs & Roman Aqueducts
Rome EBike Tour: Appian Way, Catacombs & Roman Aqueducts
$81.44 per adult
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An excellent tour
An excellent tour!! Got to explore outside of the city center. Saw many sites that we would not have seen if we did not take this tour.
Casey_K, Apr 2024

Things to Know Before You Go

  • If you are joining a hiking or cycling tour, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

  • The Appian Way and sites along its route are all open-air, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

  • Some of the archaeological sites along the route require an entrance fee.

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How to Get There

Metro line A has a stop at Parco Appia Antica, close to the entrance for Via Appia Park.

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When to Get There

The Appian Way and its sights are almost entirely outside, so it’s best to visit in the spring and fall when the weather is mild. It takes anywhere from a few hours to an entire day to explore the route on foot or bike, so plan on setting off in the morning.

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Parco Regionale della Via Appia Antica

The initial stretch of the Appian Way, just outside Rome’s city center, is part of a regional park, and many of the archaeological sites along the route are located within the park’s confines.

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