The Via Appia

Continuing my account of my Italian holiday with a look at the Roman end of the Via Appia.

Welcome to the fourth post in my series about my Italian holiday (2-11 September 2020). This post picks up from the end of the Ostia post and covers the second major activity of the holiday, a look at the Roman end of the Via Appia (I saw the other end of the Via Appia at Brindisi – Brundisium in ancient times – on a previous visit to Italy some years back, but I have yet to see the intermediate point at Capua).

THE EVENING AFTER OSTIA

We had supper out at a place that was a fair walk from the apartment we were staying. The meal was well worth the walk. It was at this meal that I discovered wild chicory, which is excellent stuff. Here are some pictures from that evening.

THE MORNING

My mother, my sister and I went out to visit a food market near where we were staying. This was a very enjoyable little trip, and a good warm up for the afternoon’s activity.

JOURNEY TO THE VIA APPIA

My sister had worked out a route from our apartment to the Via Appia that involved two bus journeys with a change on the way, and we followed that route, albeit with a hitch in the middle due to confusion about where to catch the second bus from, which added a fair bit of walking to our day. Nevertheless we arrived at the Via Appia in reasonable time and were able to do some exploring. Here are pictures from the journey through Rome:

THE VIA APPIA

This was one of Rome’s great roads, built by Appius Claudius Caecus in the late 4th century BCE. It contained two legs, 132 miles from Rome to Capua, a military training town and then Capua to Brundisium. At the Roman end are several features of interest, including the tomb of Caecilia Metella, a villa of later vintage, the road itself, which still has some of its original cobblestones in place and a church which features the Quo Vadis story. There is also an excellent cafe – I drank a 50cl bottle of Peroni Gran Riserva Doppio Malto, which is a quite excellent beer. Unfortunately my camera battery ran out before the Quo Vadis church, so my photo gallery is not quite complete.

I end this post as usual with a waterfall video from Tivoli:

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

5 thoughts on “The Via Appia”

  1. I was in Rome in October of 2019, I didn’t realize that people were able to travel to Rome. Are you living in Europe! And is everything open? Is it quiet? Sorry I have questions cause I was under the impression travelling was limited and that you have to quarantine for 14 days prior to starting your actual vacation!! That’s great that you all got to be in Italy. I love Italy, I am Portuguese living in Canada and to be nothing is like the beauty of Europe!!! Thanks for the shared and shorty for all the questions!

    1. I live in the UK, and in spite of the bungling incompetence of the Johnson government travel to Italy was still possible at that time, although we only knew for certain that we could make the trip on just over a week before departure. I have not been required to quarantine. Most places in Italy are still open but you do have to wear masks and get your temperature taken to get in. Also restaurants require that you be masked any time you are not actually seated at your table. It is quiet at the moment because most people are not travelling (indeed had it not been for the fact of my parents golden wedding anniversary and a long planned holiday to celebrate it I would not have done so). Also, restrictions have been further tightened since I got back from this holiday.

      1. Oh okay, I was just curious. Thanks for the detailed answer as it’s good to know how the process has been. Since I am much further away from you all!! I have also been to England a few years ago and loved it!! Have a wonderful evening!!! And glad you got to celebrate your parents amazing accomplishment!!!!

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