This historic trade route takes you along the Italian coastline with an irresistible charm: Discover one of the most important roads of the former Roman Empire, spanning from central Italy to Southern France.
Via Aurelia was constructed back in 100 BC in order to connect Rome, the city of the vast Roman Empire, with Pisa in Tuscany.
With a widespread network of paths and streets, Via Aurelia was also connected with other important trade routes such as Via Appia and Via Aemilia Scaura. Nowadays, it leads from the heart of the Roman Empire to Southern France alongside a picturesque coastal route.
This tour is packed with lots of different impressions: Starting from the busy city center of Rome, we get to the sunny coast of Latium heading for North Italy. Stopping by the National Park Cinque Terre and the stunning port cities of Genoa and Sanremo you can get a sense of what living at the Italian coast feels like. Quite different, though, is the small town of Noli. It’s on the official list of Italy’s ”borghi più belli” (Italy’s most beautiful small towns), but abroad it’s still among Italy’s inside tips.
The route leads to the French city of Arles, one of the countrie’s oldest cities. As Friedrich Barbarossa’s former seat of government, Arles has a lot of cultural spots to offer. However, if you feel like making a field trip, you can go for a stroll through the Camargue, a regional park with picturesque lagoons.
You should schedule sufficient time for a stay at Cinque Terre in order to explore the Italian Riviera. Those small fishing towns have still preserved their particular charm and are still far from mass tourism.
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.
Starting from the airport of Rome-Ciampino, we take Via Appia Nuova (SS 7) and Viale di Porta Ardeatina heading for Piazzale Ostiense, then we continue by Via Anastasio II until Via Sant’Agatone Papa (total duration: about one hour; total length: 20 km approx.).
You’ll find parking lots at the airport and within the cities and small towns along the route.