Rome, Appian Way - 05 by Andrea Mazzocchetti
The Appian Way was a Roman road that connected Rome to Brundisium (Brindisi), one of the most important ports of ancient Italy, a port from which the trade routes for Greece and the Orient began. The Appia, considered by the Romans the queen viarum (queen of roads), is universally considered, in consideration of the era in which it was built (late IV - III century BC), one of the greatest engineering works of the ancient world for the enormous economic, military and cultural impact it had on Roman society.
Large stretches of the road, particularly in the suburbs of the city of Rome, are still preserved and passable as well as a destination for archaeological tourism.
Construction work began in 312 BC at the behest of the censor Appio Claudio Cieco (Appius Claudius Caecus, an important exponent of the gens Claudia), who restructured and extended a pre-existing road linking Rome to the Alban Hills , extending it to Capua, which had been u...