The following itinerary takes you to discover the ancient Thermae of Caracalla and the famous old street of Rome, the Appia Antica, where you can admire the remains of the pavement, the roman catacombs and the big Park of Appia Antica.
Is recommended to walk from one place to another or alternatively by bike.
To visit the sites mentioned takes about 4 or 5 hours, depending on the time you decide to stay in each place.
The route starts from the Thermae of Caracalla, easily reached by the subway stop “Circus Maximus” (Line B). Pass the thermae, go through the Porta St Sebastian or “Porta Appia”, the ancient door of the Aurelian Walls, built by Emperor Aurelian as a defense for the city, and enter the Park of Scipioni. Once through the park you will reach the street of Appia Antica, where our journey begins. Cross the road on foot (for a few hundred yards the road is a bit rough but it saves time). Along the Appia one encounters 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 the route 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 and come to the Circus of Maxentius, built around 311. Later 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 without walking we suggest taking advantage of the service Archeobus.
From here we recommend the following itineraries:
Ancient Rome Itinerary 1
Ancient Rome Itinerary 2
Ancient Rome Itinerary 3
Ancient Rome Itinerary 4