Via Appia Antica
Chiesa del Domine Quo Vadis?
This pint-sized church marks the spot where St Peter, fleeing Rome, met a vision of Jesus going the other way. When Peter asked:...
Museo delle Mura
Marking the start of Via Appia Antica, the 5th-century Porta San Sebastiano is the largest of the gates in the Aurelian Wall. During...
This iconic housing block was designed by Innocenzo Sabbatini in 1928-29.
La Casa del Jazz
In the middle of a 2500-sq-m park in the southern suburbs, the Casa del Jazz is housed in a three-storey 1920s villa that once belonged...
Set in a 16th-century former stable, this intimate family-run trattoria has been feeding hungry travellers along the Appian Way for more...
Via Appia Antica information
Named after consul Appius Claudius Caecus who laid the first 90km section in 312 BC, ancient Rome’s regina viarum (queen of roads) was extended in 190 BC to reach Brindisi on Italy’s southern Adriatic coast. Via Appia Antica has long been one of Rome’s most exclusive addresses, a beautiful cobbled thoroughfare flanked by grassy fields, Roman structures and towering pine trees. Most splendid of the ancient houses was Villa dei Quintilli , so desirable that emperor Commodus murdered its owners and took it for himself.
The Appian Way has a dark history, however – it was here that Spartacus and 6000 of his slave rebels were crucified in 71 BC, and it was here that the early Christians buried their dead in 300km of underground catacombs . You can’t visit all 300km, but three major catacombs (San Callisto, San Sebastiano and Santa Domitilla) are open for guided exploration.