Ancient Ruins IV
You will shake your head in disbelief when you realize that the ancient Rome built this road all the way down to the port city of Brindisi, at the southeastern tip of the heel of the boot-shaped Italy.
It was built from 312-264 BC in order for Rome to be able to transport large amounts of supplies and the army to the south when needed. Its length was 560 km (350 miles)!
It has become notorious when the ex-gladiator Spartacus rebelled with his army of slaves who, after a number of initial victories, were finally defeated by Romans. As punishment, Romans crucified 6,000 slaves along the Appian Way for everyone to see.
Today, the Appian Way is still in use, and it has in fact become a national park. You can explore it by walking, cycling, or by bus.
It’s quite a unique experience, the quiet nature with the ancient road and monuments, away from the madness of city traffic.
Address: Via Appia Antica 42, Rome
Access: free For more info visit: Appia Antica Park
Note from Anna: Just wanted to let you know that I wrote an in-depth post on Rome called “121 Things To Do In Rome: The Ultimate Guide” and it might be worth a mention on your page:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Appian Way (Latin and Italian: Via Appia) was one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancientrepublic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, in southeast Italy. Its importance is indicated by its common name, recorded by Statius:
Appia longarum teritur regina viarum
“the Appian way is the queen of the long roads”