Your travel guide to Appia
Appia is a neighborhood located outside of the ancient Aurelian walls. The area is relatively untouched by tourism and is full of markets, piazzas, cafes, local businesses and stores. It’s a busy area, and most of the people are native born Romans. Although the area is not considered a prominent cultural neighborhood, it is most famous for the historic Via Appia Antica. This road dates back to 312 BC and was one of the Roman roads that lead to far ends of the Roman Empire.
What to See in Appia
Along the Appian Way, you can discover tombs, monuments and catacombs. If you are staying at a Appian Way hotel, one of the most impressive things to see is the tomb of Cecilia Metella. Cecilia was the wife of one of Julius Caesar’s generals, and her tomb is fortress-like with ancient inscriptions. Impressive monuments include the Temple of Hercules, the Gothic church of San Nicola and the church Quo Vadis. Under the Appian Way, there are miles of tunnels known as catacombs. Tours are led by monks and priests.
Transport in Appia
Appia is not easily walkable, as there are no sidewalks. The only walkable area is near the Basilica of San Giovanni. However, there are links to the outer areas via bus and metro. The red line runs through the area and is also a direct conduit to Rome’s historic center from Appia. Several buses run through the neighborhood, including the 590, 360 and 87. These bus lines also connect to the Termini Station, Parioli, historic center and the Vatican. Driving by car is also an option.
More Information on Appia
Dining in Appia is truly Roman, and Appia is filled with Roman ice cream shops, restaurants and pizzerias. Rice balls and pasta are made of simple meats and ingredients. Popular food venues include the Gelateria shops, Trattoria restaurants and of course Pizzerias. Appia is not known for its nightlife, but you can enjoy some lively nightlife at some of its few pubs like Latte Piu and The Blind Pig. For even more nightlife, head to the pubs and clubs around your Appia hotel!