Snapshots of the Appian way (Appia Antica) on Sunday walks when cars are banned for the ancient road and passersby can step back in time on the same route millions of pilgrims have traveled for millennia:
Church next door to Catacombe di San Sebastiano.
Interesting church interior and only public bathroom for miles.
The entrance of the San Sebastian Catacombs from within its garden.
A garden prayer niche at the catacombs.
One of the many enchanting gates leading to the Appian Way (Antica – ancient part).
It’s amazing to see how people live among the ruins and the ancient villas and gardens of the most ancient of roads in Italy.
“The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella (not a castle), and is said to have been built in the second half of the 1st century AD”, some steps away from the Catacombs.
In Roma, there are so many roads left to travel, so many places to wander. If you find yourself in Rome on a Sunday when the cars are off the road and the weather is pleasant and mild, I cannot stress to you how wonderful a long half-afternoon or afternoon stroll on the Appian Way. Take a bus or taxi to the Catacombs and get out and walk around the grounds and walk along the Appica Antica, taking in the sights and beauty. It’s truly a time machine back to the ancient world and along the pathway of the Grand Old Tour. Many have walked and ridden over these stones and passed under its gates.