Rome: further away: Via Appia Antica — ancient views

Via Appia is one of the oldest and most important Roman roads. It connected Rome with Brindisi in the south of an Italian shoe. The Roman poet Statius wrote about it that it is the queen of all long roads. Currently, it is 16 km of the ancient road. Still of great importance – although this time historic, so large that the highway bypass of Rome passes under its surroundings with a long tunnel.

It is very pleasant to ride a bike, which we have done. Only the ancient basalt slabs preserved here and there sometimes make a difficulty if they cannot be bypassed along a path.

Via Appia is also an ancient cemetery. Because the dead could not be buried in the city, the more powerful built tombs along this road, ruins of which stand here every few or several dozen meters to this day. In ancient quarries, in easy-to-dig volcanic tuff, catacombs were created, which were gradually taken over by the first Christians, to bury their dead, including the first popes, often martyrs.

Here, according to legend, fleeing the city, St Peter met Jesus going to the city and asked him “Quo vadis, Domine?”

(with Kasia, March 2019)