The “Queen among the streets“ was one of the most important trade routes of the Roman Empire and since then it luckily hasn’t lost any of its charm. Alongside the route you can find picturesque parks, idyllic sea landscapes, ancient Christian graves and several cities with historic flair.
Via Appia is considered one of the most significant historical routes of Italy. Its beginning dates back to the third century AD when traders from all over the continent roamed Southern Europe to sell their goods.
The road was originally built as a connection road between Rome in central-western Italy and the Apulian port city of Brindisi on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Eastern Italy.
During the Middle Ages it was used by pilgrims who came to Rome to visit the grave of Saint Peter. Back then, Via Appia was labelled “Queen among the streets”, but nowadays it isn’t preserved completely. Nonetheless, you can visit a few well-preserved road fractions at Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Apulia.
Near the city center of Rome you can find the catacombs of San Sebastiano and San Callisto. They’re located at the border of Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica and can be visited with a tour guide.
Please check road conditions before starting the tour.
For the stopovers along the road you’ll need sturdy shoes with a good profile, warm clothes and rainwear.
From the airport of Rom-Ciampino by highway SS 7 (Via Appia Nuova) and Viale delle Terme di Caracalla to Porta San Sebastiano (total length: 15 km approx.).
There are parking facilities at the airport, in the city centers and near the lakes alongside the route.