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Distance: 8 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description

This itinerary takes you to down the Appia Way, one of the oldest roads in Rome, and on to the Thermae of Caracalla, the roman catacombs and a large and historic park. 

It is recommended to walk from one place to another, but considering the long distances, it can also be done quite comfortably by bike.
Time Required:
It takes about  8 hours to visit all of the sites mentioned, depending on the amount of time you decide to stay in each place.

The day begins from the Thermae of Caracalla, easily reached by the subway stop “Circo Massimo” (Line B). Pass the baths and go through the Porta St Sebastian or “Porta Appia”, the ancient door of the Aurelian Walls, built by Emperor Aurelian to defend the city  and enter the Park of Scipioni. Passing through the park, you will reach the Appian Way (in italian Appia Antica), where our journey begins. A short ways along the Appia way, you’ll arrive at the ancient Catacombs of Domitilla, also known for the martyrs Nereus and Achilleus. Continue along the old road where you will find the Mausoleum of the Fosse Ardeatine, in memory of the massacre by the Nazis in Rome. Continuing on, you will have the opportunity to visit two famous catacombs: the Catacombs of St Callixtus, one of the largest catacombs in Rome, and the Catacombs of St Sebastian, where the martyrs Sebastian and Eutyches were buried. Continue along the road again, you’ll see the Circus of Maxentius, built around 311. Even further along, you’ll find the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, dedicated to the daughter of Metellus. Throughout the day,  you will be surrounded by the beautiful Park of the Appia Antica. The is the end of the itinerary, but if you're not too tired, we also suggest you visit the Quintili’s Villa. If you’re interested in visiting the Appia Antica without walking, we suggest using the bus service Archeobus.


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