Via Appia and the Aurelian Wall
Type: Great Views, Historic Sites, Sightseeing
Built in the third century as part of Rome's defense system, this massive fortification wall is a must see. The wall was commissioned by the Emperor Aurelian after the city's previous structure was in... Read More
Built in the third century as part of Rome's defense system, this massive fortification wall is a must see. The wall was commissioned by the Emperor Aurelian after the city's previous structure was in ruins. The wall has undergone significant restoration, and the best-preserved gate is that to the Via Appia, or Appian Way, known as Porta San Sebastiano. If you visit the Museum of the Roman Walls (at 18 Via Porta San Sebastiano, Tue-Sun 9am-2pm) located in the gate you can usually gain access to the wall and get a matchless view of the surrounding area, little of which has changed from when the Apostle Peter traveled through Rome on foot. The Appian Way is the Roman Republic's oldest highway, with sections still in use today. BUS: 118 from Circo Massimo metro station or the hop-on hop-off Archeobus from in front of Stazione Termini (see www.trambus.com)
- Outdoor Activities: "Many tour agencies in Rome offer cycling tours so that you can ride along the Appian Way."
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: The Via Appia Antica makes for a lovely day out, particularly on Sundays when the area is closed to traffic.