Taking it easy in Rome can be difficult, with so much to see and do and all the people sometimes it’s just nice to get away from it all…
Running south from Rome towards to the Castelli Romani in the volcanic hills lies the remains of an Ancient Roman road making it ideal for a quick getaway from Rome immersed in nature.
The Appian Way or Appia Antica as it’s locally known is easily reached by foot or bicycle from the Circus Maximus Colosseum area. Immediately you start to feel in the countryside following this tree lined road through green fields.
There are plenty of interesting sites to see along the way as well such as the catacombs of San Callisto , the Ancient Roman city walls and gate of St. Sebastian, Roman sepulchres and villas and even aqueducts.
Not many of Romes visitors venture out this far from the city, but if you feel like getting a breath of fresh air and taking a break from the bustling city center, go visit the Appian Way from Rome.
The Appian Way – Romes 17th Miles of Untouched Countryside
The brothers and sisters in Rome had heard we were coming, and they came to meet us on the Appian WayThe Bible – New Living Testament – Acts 28 Verse 15
The Apostle Paul who travelled to Rome from Malta via the Appian Way, is one of many famous characters from the past who have been along this ancient road.
Today however it’s only the last 17 miles which are possibile to trace since from Fratocchie running out of Rome its trasformation over the ages has led to it becoming a modern highway called the Appia Nuova.
Off-road trail from Rome to the Castelli Romani
Thanks to the Appian Way its possibile to reach the foothills of the Alban Hills, nestled in the woods surrounding volcanic lakes lies some of Italys prettiest towns. Places like Castel Gandolfo and Frascati are famous for their history and offer great wine and food.
Cycling from Rome to the Alban Hills and through the towns up on the volcanic banks creates an exciting atmosphere as you head further and further along the Appian Way to the looming hills in south.
For Full Details on Our Tours that Cover this Area, please visit The Appian Way Bike Tour Page