The most famous public Roman road, stretching towards Brindisi to open access to the Mediterranean; a sacred place for Christianity; a vision of Napoleon, who dreamed of turning it into the world’s largest archaeological park; a fixed destination and source of inspiration for artists, poets and travellers of the 19th century; an open-air museum hosting invaluable monuments; and in modern times, the battleground for its preservation. The Appian Way is all this.
First Porta San Sebastiano:
San Sebastian Church and catacombs:
The church is built on the spot where St. Sebastian was martyred:
Maxentius Complex consists of three main buildings: the palace, the circus and the dynastic mausoleum. All were designed to celebrate emperor Maxentius, the vanquished adversaty of Constantine the Great at the battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 AD>
Tomb of Caecilia Metella, funerary monument built between 30 and 10 BC.
Nice restaurants and very friendly owners:
Capo di Bove, archaeological site since 2002, hosting many cultural events and art exhibitions:
After Capo di Bove, the road continues with fewer tourists, no cars. I enjoyed that stretched the most. You walk surrounded by nature and many remnants from the past:
The last significant site to visit is the Villa of the Quintili, the largest villa in the Roman suburbs. Belonging to the Quintili brothers (consuls in 151 BC) it became an imperial property under Commodus and remained in use until the 5th century AD.
The biggest attraction are always ancient toilets: