DAY 7: BIKING ON APPIAN WAY
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The following itinerary takes youon a tour to discover the Thermae of Caracalla and the Appian Way in an enjoyableway with the whole family!
It is recommended to walk from one place to another, but considering the long distances, the route can also be done comfortably by bike.
It takes about 8 hours to visit all of the sites mentioned, depending on how much time you decide to stay in each place. Due to some of the long distances, it could also be a enjoyable by bike.
The itinerary starts from the Thermae of Caracalla, easily reached by subway at “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. Once on the other side of the park you will reach the Appian Way (in italian Appia Antica), where your real journey begins. Cross the road on foot or by bike (for a few hundred yards the road is a bit rough but it saves time). Along the Appian street 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 you’ll come to the Circus of Maxentius, built around 311. Even further along 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 (which is quite long!) we suggest renting a bike, a great way to experience the history of Rome and fun for the kids at the same time!