The Appian Way, Queen of Roads


  • Departure: at the entrance of the Caracalla's Baths
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Number of persons: from 1 to 6
  • Private guide
  • You can choose the language you prefer...we have 5 different languages available!
  • Tour is available everyday from 09:00 to 17:00, each hour
  • Tour must be reserved with 1 week in advance
  • Even though it is possible to do this tour any day of the week, we suggest that it be done on Sunday because the road will be closed to traffic. Thus it being a private tour, we will be able to customize it to your personal needs and desires. The outline of this itinerary does not include a visit to the catacombs that are found along the road.

The Appian Way, Queen of Roads

The construction of the Apian Way began in 312 b.c. starting at Censore Appio Claudio. At the beginning, it was only a few kilometers long, built above a road that connected Rome to Albano (a town near Rome). It became the most important road for the Roman Empire because it represented the entrance into Italy from Greece. The Apian Way was not only a road but also an important cultural and political symbol. The tour will begin at the Caracalla springs, built in 221 b.c. These springs are important because they are the only ones that fully demonstrate the function of these springs and others like the Calidarium, Frigidarium and Palestra. The tour continues on a public bus passing through arches, altars and burial sites that are all along the Apian Way. The Apian Way, as well as other ancient roads, is lined with burial sites. The richest families could, in this way, show off their wealth with opulent tombs to the many people who took this road daily. Among the main monuments that you will visit along the Apia Way, you will surely see the Cecilia Metella mausoleum, the grave of a rich aristocrat, and the Massenzio circle that held the obelisk that is now found in Piazza Navona. This itinerary is similar to the tour of the ancient tourist of the 1800s (the famous “Great Tour”) and in spite of the fact that we find ourselves outside the city walls, the numerous visitors of the past made this area because a second city.

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