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DAY 6: THE SACRED PLACES ON THE APPIAN WAY

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Distance: 6 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description

Intro:
The following itinerary takes you to discover the Thermae of Caracalla and the sacred places along the Appian Way, one of the oldest Roman roads, where today you can admire various ancient churches,  roman catacombs and a large park.
Transport:
It is 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 the locations mentioned, depending on how much time you decide to stop in each place.
Route:
The route starts from the Thermae of Caracalla, easily reached by subway at “Circo Massimo” (Line B). Pass the baths and continue on Viale delle Terme di Caracalla where you'll find the Basilica of St Sisto Vecchio, containing many beautiful paintings depicting the scenes from the New Testament. Continue the tour passing through the Park of Scipioni, along Via di Porta San Sebastiano, until you reach the Porta St Sebastian or “Porta Appia”, the ancient door of the Aurelian Walls, built by Emperor Aurelian to defend the city. The Appian Way (in italian Appia Antica) starts here at the end of the park.  Here we suggest you continue along  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 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. Throughout the tour,  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.