The ancient Appian Way was the most important of the consular roads. It was inaugurated in 312 BCE by censor Appius Claudius ... More
The ancient Appian Way was the most important of the consular roads. It was inaugurated in 312 BCE by censor Appius Claudius Ciecus after whom it was named. The road was especially important for economic reasons as it connected Rome with the south of Italy. Initially it only went as far as Capua along the Pontine marshes, but was later extended to Benevento and then all the way to Brindisi, which encouraged trade with the eastern Mediterranean. This last stretch lost importance however when the Appia Traia Way was opened that stretched down to Bari. Lined with pines and cypress trees, the road is very attractive, particularly where the original paving can be seen.
I now live in a beautiful Italian villa estate on the Appian Way, it is incredible to just think of all the history of this first street that will take you all the way to Puglia, in the South...you can still see the ingraved marks on the cobble stones from the Roman charots. I love living here right now, it is full of trees and singing birds, right by the catacombs, I feel so far from the craziness of the city center, but yet it is only about 15 minutes away. The only problem is walking on this street, there is no side walks, all the villas are behind high walls right off the street.
Alongside the steps of Aracoeli are the remains of this "apartment block" built about 2000 years ago, providing homes for
poorer people who lived in difficult conditions. Just the first six floors of the construction can be seen: it ...
Originally named Emilius, (193 BC), Ponte Rotto was the first stone bridge: it was suitable for the passage of heavy
laden carts that couldn't cross the bridge, which was made of timber. Its slanting position meant that it was ...
Teatro Romano di Ostia Antica, located in Ostia Antica , was built by Augusto at the end of the first
millennium and was rebuilt in brick in 196 CE. Although the theater has undergone reconstruction since then, the original ...
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