Posted by: Debra Kolkka | January 12, 2015

All roads lead to Rome

The Appian Way, or Via Appia was named after Appius Claudius Caecus. The first section was a military road to the south, completed in 312 BC.

By the late Republic the Romans had expanded over most of Italy and were masters of road construction. Their roads began at Rome and extended to the borders of their domain…All roads lead to Rome.

Some of the road still exists and is used by vehicles. It is also possible to follow the Appia on foot for about 16 kilometres from its beginning near the Baths of Caracalla.

Once you leave the city there is some interesting scenery along the way. In particular, there is an ancient aqueduct well worth a visit.

Appian Way aqueduct


Appian Way aqueduct

AppIan Way aqueduct

AppIan Way aqueduct



Appian Way aqueduct

The old bricks seem to be holding up well.

AppIan Way aqueduct

AppIan Way aqueduct

I wonder if the golfers ever stop to just take in the view.

Appian Way aqueduct

Rome has a never ending stock of ancient delights to see.

AppIan Way aqueduct



  1. Those Romans had some really, really good engineers!

    • Very clever indeed. Things were built to last.

  2. Nice one. It’s a pity that the Appian way doesn’t have more TLC spent on it, however.

    • I think Italy doesn’t have enough money to take care of all of its ancient things.

  3. Wonderful framed shots of trees and the Appia.

    • Those arches are very photogenic.

  4. Yes Deb. The magic of Rome. Keeps calling us back with it’s endless delightful sites/sights. Many more than in the traditional tourist guide book.

    • I love Rome. There is much to see and do.

  5. Very nice!

    • The aqueduct is very impressive. It is enormous and seems to go on forever.

      • I bet it is an amazing site to see!

  6. Bucket listed Rome. I wasn’t that fussed before seeing your perspective. Lovely 🙂

    • I know that Rome can be crowded and chaotic, but try going in winter or early spring, or late autumn when there are fewer people about. It is a fascinating city.

  7. Great photos as usual. I seem to remember, though, that thousands of slaves were crucified along the length of the Appian Way and their bodies left to rot as a warning to other rebels. I hope the ghosts of those slaves don’t disturb your next visit!

    • Oh dear! I have been to Zanzibar and we saw the underground prisons where slaves were kept before their terrible voyages. People do terrible things to each other all over the world.
      I would have to sit quietly in my room to avoid stepping on ghosts.

  8. The history of Roman roads (or “viae”) is very interesting and it is amazing to realize how many of these are sill been used. This is a useful link to understand their history
    Great photos, Debra!

    • Thank you for the link. The Romans were certainly busy.

  9. The sight continues to be magical after many years … and hopefully they stand for many more!

    • I am always astounded to see these ancient structures still standing.

  10. The scale of these ancient structures are quite incredible. What a lot of manpower they must have used. 🙂

    • I’m sure lots of people suffered to build these things. There was no occupational health and safety in those days.

  11. I feel like i’m treading on the most ancient place in Rome when i’m on the Appian Way. I think of the apostle Paul being brought up to Rome in chains along the Appian Way. Well documented and love the photos!

    • When I am in Rome I am always amazed to think I could be walking on streets that Caesar once walked on.

  12. Love your photos as always Deb. Rome was crowded when we went in April, but it didn’t deter me. I wish I had seen the Appian way- what an amazing back drop for the golfers. Such a brilliant juxtaposition of old and new. There is still so much to discover, I need to make that trip happen.

    • I am often in Rome in winter when there are fewer crowds, but the city is always popular.

  13. Glorious images….those ancient and delightful golfers look pretty good too!!!! Only joking Deb!

    Seriously, the very first time we drove into Rome and I saw a signpost on the side of the road that read “Appian Way” I was blown away!!!!!!!!!!

    So ancient but still hanging in there. Good motto to live by I guess.



    • I thought is was amusing to see people playing golf beside this amazing aqueduct. Surely they must look up sometimes and take in the sights.

  14. I thought the photo of the golfers with the Roman aqueduct as their ‘back cloth’ was such an interesting one. Such an astonishing contrast. I suppose their familiarity with it must take away some of the awe, but I would have to put my hand on the stones just to ‘feel’ the history – and I guess that does its share of harm as well. Lovely photos.

    • I touched the stones and have possibly scarred them forever, didn’t think of that. I love the fact that golfers calmly play beside and ancient wonder.

  15. Love that last shot with those 5 trees!

    • I was pretty happy with that one.

  16. Reblogged this on Kappa Language School Blog.

  17. There is an Appian Way in Dublin which I sometimes drive down so it’s lovely to see images of the original.

    • There are certainly some sights to see on the old road.

  18. Fascinating! I do enjoy your history lessons Debra! One gets so lazy living here and it’s easy to forget how much history there is around us in Italy. I think I drove home along a road set out by the Romans this afternoon – near Abano Terme where they established baths! Incredible really.

    • I do try not to take things for granted when I spend months at a time in Italy. Having a camera with me at all times helps.

  19. Amazing structures and what a great photo of the trees.

    • The aqueduct is incredible. It was pretty easy to get some good photos there.

  20. Aqueducts are fun to walk around and explore esp. in Italy and that you know and expect how ancient they look and significant they were.

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