The largest Roman circus ever built, whose origins probably date back to the 6th century BC. It was one of the many places of entertainment, famous to this day for chariot racing. The Circus Maximus is the place where the starting point of the Appian Way was originally located.
Porta di San Sebastiano and Arco di Druso
The Porta di San Sebastiano (Gate of Saint Sebatian), in ancient Rome “Porta Appia”, is the gate located further south of the second Roman city wall. The Arch of Drusus, actually arch of a Roman aqueduct, was for long confused with the triumphal arch of an important General.
The second Roman city wall, built in the III century by the emperor Aurelian. To date one of the best preserved ancient city walls in the world.
Church of the Domine Quo Vadis
Small church on the Appian Way erected on the site where, according to the “Acts of Peter”, the meeting between the Apostle Peter and Jesus took place.
Catacombs of San Callisto
One of the great Christian catacombs, built in the second century, containing the crypt of the Popes. A guided tour of the catacomb (not included in the tour price) with the duration of 30-45 minutes is possible.
Villa and Circus of Maxentius
A monumental complex in a state of ruin built in the fourth century by the will of Emperor Maxentius. The complex included a sumptuous villa, the mausoleum of the imperial family and a private circus, which today, even if in a state of ruin, is the best preserved Roman circus.
Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella
One of the most sumptuous and best preserved funerary monuments along the Appian Way.
In long sections the ancient pavement is well preserved and practicable up to the present day. Until today this pavement is considered an engineering masterpiece. In fact, the layer of paving stones that we can still admire is only the last of many layers. Below, there are several layers of gravel, sand and pebbles for approx. a meter and a half. In this way an excellent drainage system in case of heavy rains was ensured and the road was so stable and robust that it was possible to be used by any means of transport.
Today, with its 190 hectares, the Caffarella Park is the largest public green area in Rome. In the past it was owned by the noble Caffarelli family from which it takes its name. But in many places you can still find much older ruins, a sign that this area was already used by the ancient Romans. Today, this vast green area serves the modern Romans for reasons of physical activity and leisure, in fact you can meet many people who go for a run, bike or groups of people picnicking. But thanks to its vast spaces, this park never gives the impression of being crowded, and it is a very relaxing place to enjoy after the noise and traffic of the city.