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Via Appia Antica

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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The Ancient Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) has a history that dates back to 312 B.C. and includes the 71 B.C. execution of Spartacus' army, the burial of Caecilia Metella, and many a Roman military march. These days, it makes for a good walk with numerous monuments to stop and see along the way.

Recent visitors said Appian Way is worth the long trek. Some even recommend hiring a tour guide to tag along with you, as even the smallest details along the walk provide a lot of insight into days past. Many agreed that visitors should come prepared with good walking shoes and water, and also to visit during the day as the area becomes a bit seedy come nightfall. 

Located in southern Rome, you can find it outside Porta San Sebastiano; bus Nos. 118 (from San Giovanni) or 218 (outside the Piramides metro station) should get you there. It is free to access.

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