Via Appia Antica – Important Trading Route in Ancient Rome
On the Via Appia Antica you can walk in the footsteps of antiquity. It was built in the 4th century BC, making it one of the oldest roads in the world. The original pavement is still preserved on some road sections and you can walk in the footsteps of antiquity and Roman emperors.
It was one of the most important trade routes of the Roman Empire and connected Rome with the port city of Brindisi.
The Via Appia Antica began at the Circus Maximus, led past the thermal baths of Caracalla to the Aurelian city wall. There the Via Appia Antica left the city of Rome.
At the fork in Via Appia Antica is the church of Santa Maria in Palmis. She is better known as Domine Quo Vadis?
Domine Quo Vadis Church
The Domine Quo Vadis church is located at the place where, according to legend, Peter, fleeing from Rome, met Jesus. Peter asked Jesus: Domine, quo vadis? (Lord, where are you going?) And Jesus answered him Eo Romam iterum crucifigi (I am going to Rome to be crucified again). After these words Peter returned to Rome and was also crucified.
Catacombs of Rome
Along the Via Appia Antica there are two important cemeteries of ancient Rome: the Callixtus Catacombs (San Callisto) and the Sebastian Catacombs (San Sebastiano).
Caecilia Metella Tomb
The archaeological excavations of the Caecilia Metella and Castrum Caetani mausoleum are located around the 3rd milestone of the Via Appia Antica.
Park of the Aqueducts
Continuing in the footsteps of antiquity, the paths on the Via Appia Antica lead to the Roman Campagna and Castel Gandolfo. The park of the aqueducts is definitely worth a visit.
Visit the Via Appia Antica
You need to plan at least a full day to visit the sights in Via Appia Antica. Since the distances are long, we are happy to provide you with a specialized guide and a vehicle.