"The Via Appia Antica I" Rome Travelogue by martin_nl

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We actually started our day going to the Pyramide of Caius Cestius, after which we also went to the Baths of Caracalla. From the Baths of Caracalla it is only a short walk to the start of the Via Appia Antica, the oldest paved road outside Rome. Of course there are just like the saying goes many roads to Rome, but to walk on this one is very special.

The road starts where the Aurelian walls end. In the wall is the Museo della Murra, which is very interesting to go to, so you can have a look at the history of the Aurelian walls and have a look from the towers at the beginning of the Via Appia Antica.

From the top of the Museo delle Murra you can see this nice arch. It is part of the earlier walls.

Chiesa Domine Quo Vadis?

Here you see the Chiesa Domine Quo Vadis? church. We just got in the church and when we wanted to get out about 50 people entered all at once. Yep you're right a bus just stopped in front of it.

San Callisto

At the church the road splits into three directions. The most scenic would be to take the middle one. The right one will get you somewhere else, and the left one continues on the busy road.

When you take the middle one it will ead you to the Catacombs of San Callisto.

Circo Massenzio

After the Catacombs of San Callisto, you continue on the same road and eventually you will get to the Circo Massenzio.

When going in May take along a book with you. And maybe a blanket and a picnic basket. You might think I'm cray, but you'll be glad I advised you. It is some peacefull and quiet here you have to experience it for yourself.

This tower also belonged to the chariot starting stalls. Scientist believe this stadium was never finised nor used, but they could still make up the reason why it was built...horse racing.

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