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Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica, Rome

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A busy thoroughfare in the Roman era, Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica once connected Rome and Apulia. The stone walkway stretches for 563 km (350 mi), and is lined with historical structures, such as the Tomb of Priscilla, the Roman baths of Capo di Bove, and the Temple of Hercules. Grab a map and come here to walk, jog, or bike. Bicycles are available for rent. See Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica and all Rome has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rome trip itinerary builder.
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  • We(my friends and I) did this independently, no guide etc but checked guidebooks before hand and leaflet in English from information centre that hires out bikes for adults only. Signs for Via Appia An...  more »
  • Get to this place is a business. But along the via Appia in the middle of the ancient Ager Romanus is one of the things to do in life because trample an authentic Roman road flanked by ancient graves is a unique experience. And it's free!
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  • Beautiful hike between villas and historic remains in a quiet and relaxing environment amidst the greenery of the Roman countryside. Being here almost forgets being at such a few kilometres from the Centre of Rome. We walked the stretch from villa dei Quintili arrives at mausoleum of Cecilia Metella on a beautiful sunny day and it was a wonderful treat.
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  • Beautiful park, even though it's currently cold in January. Via Appia Antica is a very old and historic Roman road. You really need to come and see it. On Sundays for certain hours the roadway is closed to traffic so you can see it more intimately. The overall area is very nice to walk around on a sunny day. A couple places to stop for food along the way as well.
  • Antic road in beautiful countryside, now regional park. Best way to go through it is to rent a bike.
  • If you walk here from Terme di Caracalla, don't miss the little museum inside the ancient gate (Porta San Sebastiano) at the beginning of Appia Antica. You can climb up to the top and enjoy an amazing view when the weather is good. Plus it's free:-) Appia Antica is best on a Sunday when most of it is closed to cars, but if you can't escape the traffic, take the central path where the road forks and enjoy a peaceful walk to the catacombs. Keep going and you come out near the basilica and catacombs of St. Sebastian and the tomb of Cecilia Metella. Then stopped for lunch in the restaurant opposite.
  • Roman ruins, catacombs, abandoned villas, animals grazing all in a large park. Nice place off the beaten path. Pros: - unique historical places from ancient springs to basilicas, to catacombs to ruined farms or towers. - unexpected surprises are aplenty (look for the building with lots of cactuses at the end pf the cypress lined alley near the main catacomb complex) - animals grazing in the city Cons: - not easy to reach, at the outskirts of Rome - almost zero maintanance and thats a pitty - some of the ancient buildings are gated and have weird opening periods - via apia is an actual road with cars - the area does not look very safe - wouldnt come alone or after dusk
  • It's a very beautiful place to go and explore nature and Roman ruins & history, but don't walk there; take the bus, then walk. I thought Via Appia would be a leisurely stroll on my last day in Rome, but it turns out that it's basically a full blown highway with small sidewalks in the area around the tombs. It didn't feel safe!

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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