The Appian Way… a walk into eternity

96179547_bdfef3bf0a     On 4 February 2006 I walked along the Via Appia Antica with the French culture group Rome et Son Histoire. We visited many of the ancient tombs and monuments along the way. In places the original Roman paving stones are still in place. Built in 312 BC, the road is still lined with pines and cypresses as it was centuries ago when the road was used by the Romans to carry their dead out of the city and bury them here. Ruined tombs and temples dot both sides of the road. Most of the tombs are shapeless stacks of bricks, left there by those who plundered their marble façades. What a lovely day to take this walk: a hint of spring, the first crocus, soft, filtered sunlight… we were joined by those jogging, walking their dogs and riding their bikes or their horses.
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© 2006-2014 Judith Crews

One Reply to “The Appian Way… a walk into eternity”

  1. My first time in Rome in 1969, I was 14, one could drive on this road, like if it was a regular country road. A bumpy road with a small Fiat 850! The shock of History : Fiat 850 against the Roman mourning procession

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