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Distance: 8 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description


The following itinerary takes you to discover the Thermae of Caracalla and the Appian Way, one of the oldest Roman roads, where today you can still see the remains of the old pavement, the roman catacombs and the large park.

It is highly recommended to walk from one place to another but considering the long distances, the route can also be done by bike.

Time Required:
It takes about 8 hours to visit all of the sites mentioned, depending on how much time you spend in each location.


The route starts from the Thermae of Caracalla, easily reached by subway “Circo Massimo” (Line B). Go through the Porta St Sebastian or “Porta Appia” and enter the Park of Scipioni. Once through the park continue until you reach the Aurelian Walls. Cross through the arches and you’ll be on the Appian Way (in italian Appia Antica), where our tour really begins. Cross the road on foot (for a few hundred yards the road is a bit rough but it saves time). Along the Appian Way you'll come across the ancient church of Domine Quo Vadis at the ancient Catacombs of St Callixtus. Continue the tour along the Appian Way until you get to the Catacombs of St Sebastian, the archeological complex dedicated to the martyrs St Sebastian and Eutyches. Continue along the ancient roman road until you get to the Circus of Maxentius, built around 311. Soon after you’ll find the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, dedicated to the daughter of Metellus. During your journey you will be surrounded by the beautiful Park of the Appia Antica. The itinerary ends here, if you're not too tired we also suggest you visit the Quintili’s Villa. If you want to visit all of the Appia Antica, we suggest taking advantage of the service Archeobus.