Via Appia Antica

sights / Historic

Via Appia Antica information

Location
Rome , Italy
Telephone
+390 6 513 53 16
Getting there
Bus: Via Appia Antica
More information
www.parcoappiaantica.it
Prices
bike hire hr/day €3/15
Opening hours
Info Point 9.30am-1pm & 2-5.30pm Mon-Fri, 9.30am-6.30pm Sat & Sun, to 5pm winter
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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.