Appia Antica

On Sundays between 10.00 and 16.00 the Appia Antica is closed to traffic.   The Appia Antica is located in park and conservation area which is delightful for jogging, cycling, long walks and picincs.

The Appian Antica is lined with trees and roman ruins.   The ruins are concentrated between between Miles 2 and 6 (and beyond to Mile 8).    There are sections of the origial road with its large (and now irregular) paving stones. 

Porta San Sebastiano

A major gate in the Aurelian Wall leading to the Appia way - the major route to the south.   There is a small mueaum "Museo delle Mura".    Just inside the gate there is the Arch of Druso and the Colonna Miliaria.

The museaum is open Tue - Sun between 9.00-14.00.  There is an admission charge ( 2.60 in 2005).

2  Sede Parco Appia Antica


A large area around the Appian way has been turned into a park and conservation area.   The information center provides useful maps and suggestions.   Cycles can also be rented.  

Next to the information center is the Quo Vadis church located at the point were St Peter's had an apparition of Christ. 

3    Valle della Caffarella

A large area around the Appian way has been turned into a unique park and conservation area.    Follow the footsteps of romantic poets along lovely walks in a pastoral setting dotted with ancient ruins that have not changed from the days of Byron, Keats and Goethe. 

"Egeria! sweet creation of some heart
     Which found no mortal resting-place so fair

The mosses of thy fountain still are sprinkled
     With thine Elysian water-drops; the face

     Of thy cave-guarded spring with years unwrinkled,
     Reflects the meek-eyed genius of the place,"

Lord Byron.


4  Catacombe di S. Sebastiano (via Appia Antica alt. Basilica)

The largest catacombs in Rome.  

Open Mon - Sat 8.30-12.00 and 14.30-17.00 (closed on Sunday).  Closed from 15 November to 15 December. There is an admission charge ( 5.00 in 2005).  Call 06 7850350  or visit for more information. 

5  Tomb of Romulus

Mausoleum to emporer's son buried here in 309 AD.  The mausoleum is similar in shape to the Pantheon.

6    Circus Massenzio

A chariot race-track accommdating 10,000 spectators.

Open Tue - Sun from 9.00- 13.00 (closed on Monday).   There is an admission charge ( 2.60 in 2005).  Call 06 7801324 - 67103819 for up to date  information.

7  Cecilia Matella

Open Tue to Sun from 9.00-16.30 (closed on Monday).   There is an admission charge ( 2 in 2005). Call 06 7802465-06 39967700 or visit for up to date information.   

Also in the area is the Castello dei Caetani, Chiesa di S. Nicola,and Torre di Capo Bove. 

8  Villa dei Quintili

Open every day from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.  (closing time varies according to the season).  There is an admission charge ( 4 in 2005) covering the acquaducts and Villa dei Quintili.  Call 06-39967700 or visit  for up to date information.

9  Casal Rotondo


Casale Rotondo (round farm) is the largest tomb on Via Appia and its top is occupied by a small farm.  Some of the decorations which adored the structure are reassembled on the adjacent wall.