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Appian Way Park

If you stay at the Domus Sessoriana, especially in spring or summer, you should not miss a visit to the Appia Antica, a open air museum that will tell the story of Rome from the Republican, to first centuries of Christianity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque.

The Appian Way is the oldest and one of the most important Roman roads that connected Rome to southern Italy. Called Regina viarum , ordered by the censor Appio Claudio Cieco in 312 B.C. It extended up to Brindisi, for a total of about 540 Km. This was a new type of road for the era: it is passable in both directions of travel, its floor is made of the so-called basoli, which are large smooth stones that fit together that well drained - thanks to a substrate of crushed stone - the rain.

It is the road along which were crucified in 71 BC slaves who had taken part in the revolt led by Spartacus, and it is also along this road, 800 m from "Porta San Sebastiano", which is the church of Domine, Quo Vadis.

The road is still walkable and constitutes a unique opportunity to combine the outdoors with a trip into ancient and medieval history. The protected area of the park extends, in fact, between the center of Rome and the Alban Hills and is now the most important center of archaeological, historical and landscape of Agro Romano. There are six walking trails, five bike routes, the Water Trail and the Caffarella's Nature Trail.

Because of the prohibition of burying the dead within the city walls many graves of martyrs and popes are present along the route of the Appia Way: the Catacomb of Callixtus, the Catacombs of San Sebastiano and the Jewish Catacombs.

Even today the Appian keeps the charm of the ancient ruins of Rome, represents one of the few witnesses remained of what was to be a road to the Roman Empire.

Throughout the year you can visit this open-air museum. Indeed cultural routes are organized to discover the countless areas of archaeological and landscape of Appia Antica known throughout the world such as: the Roman Aqueducts, the Museo delle Mura and the Villa of the Quintilii.

Domus Sessoriana

Appian Way Park


Walking: 34 minutes along Via Magna Grecia

By Public Transportation: Bus 218

Underground | Subway: For the area of the Aqueducts take Line A - stop at San Giovanni, Anagnina direction, until the Subaugusta or Giulio Agricola bus stops.