Head and administrative offices
Via Appia Antica 42 - 00179 Rome (Italy)
tel +39 065126314 - +39 065130682 - fax +39 0651883879
Office hours: Monday - Thursady: 9.30 am - 1.30 pm // 2.30 pm - 5.30; Friday: 9.30 am - 1.30 pm.
For more info, please visit: www.parcoappiaantica.it/it/base.asp?pg=conta
The Parco dell'Appia Antica offers visitors an unforgettable experience in a setting full of charm where nature and archaeological monuments melt in harmony, elements that have always characterized this part of the Agro Romano between Rome and the Castelli Romani, and a source of inspiration for many artists. To conserve and enhance this huge historical and natural heritage the Parco dell’Appia Antica was instituted. Its main reference is the Via Appia, the most important and most famous of Rome, which earned itself the name of “Regina Viarum”. The Park covers an area of around 3,400 hectares. Within this area are 16km of the via Appia Antica and its adjacent features, the valle della Caffarella (200 hectares), the via Latina archaeological area, the Aqueducts archaeological area. The Park is part of three municipalities: Rome, Ciampino and Marino. The Park is bordered on the North by the Aurelian wall, to the West by the via Ardeatina and the Rome-Naples railway line, to the East by the via Tuscolana and by the via Appia Nuova as far as Frattocchie, to the South it reaches the village of S. Maria delle Mole and the Fosso delle Cornacchiole at the edge of the Tellene archaeological area. Along the Appia Antica we can see many elements and monuments that bear witness to the history of Rome: the best known of these from republican and imperial times are Terme di Caracalla (although this is outside the Park) Porta San Sebastiano and the Mura Aureliane, the Tomba di Geta, the Sepolcro di Priscilla, the Circus and Massenzio's imperial palace, Cecilia Metella's huge round mausoleum, the Villa dei Quintili, the large cylindrical sepulchre, known as Casal Rotondo; there are catacombs that date back to the first centuries of Christianity such as those of S. Callisto, Domitilla (on the edge of the Park), S. Sebastiano, (the Basilica above this is very popular with visitors) and Pretestato; there are numerous mediaeval, renaissance and baroque churches along the way, Santa Maria in Palmis, well known by the name Quo vadis; mediaeval towers and fortifications, often built on the ruins of Roman monuments, like the castle built by the Tuscolo counts around the sepulchre of Cecilia Metella. The Park territory also takes in the Valle della Caffarella, with the river Almone running through it, this is the most important scenic element reflecting ancient agricultural use close to the city, but it also has a wealth of important monuments from a variety of periods like the temple of the god Redicolo, the Ninfeo di Egeria, the church of Sant'Urbano, the mediaeval towers; the Tombe Latine and the Parco degli Acquedotti, with the imposing ruins of the conduits that supplied the city with water.
The seat of the park and the starting point of guided tours is in the Ex Cartiera Latina (via Appia Antica 42). The via Appia is closed to the traffic on Sundays and holidays and is the ideal place to walk or bike.
Bike rent: bicycles can be hired at weekends and holidays until June at the following infopoint: via Appia Antica 58/60; largo Tacchi Venturi; Tor Fiscale (vicolo acquedotto Felice); Acqua Egeria (via dell'Almone 105). Infopoint via Appia Antica 58/60 Mon-Sat 9.30am-1.30pm and 2pm-5.30 (4.30 in winter) Sun and holidays from 9.30am to 5.30 pm (4.30 in winter). Cost €3 per hour for the first three hours;
10 Euros per day (info 06.5126314). Comitato per la Caffarella (Largo Tacchi Venturi) On Sunday, from 10am. to 6.00 p.m.; cost €3 per hour for the first three hours; €9 per day (for information and bookings: 06 789279) Punto Informativo Egeria open on Sundays. Summer 9.30am-6pm Winter 9.30am-4.30pm.Via dell’Almone 105/107, with large parking. Tor Fiscale Sunday 10am-4pm price € 3,00 per hour for the first 3 hours, € 10 per day. Booking 328.1623639 or 333.6891754. Catacombe di San Sebastiano Everyday but Sundays; cost €3 per hour for the first three hours; €9 per day (info 06.7850350).
Information: Tel. 06. 5126314 / 320.4396019 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups and school parties
It is possible to book guided visits for groups and school parties on request (for information contact Pasquale Grella tel. 06 5126314).
Guided visit to the Sepolcro di Priscilla
Every Sunday (except July and August) from 10.00 to 16.00, every hour, free guided visit to the Sepolcro di Priscilla. Thanks to recent restoration work promoted by the Park in agreement with the Municipal Archaeological Superintendency this monument has been brought to light. It lay hidden from view of those passing on the Via Appia Antica for decades.
The tomb can be visited by appointment from Monday to Thursday. Contact arch. Gloria Marconi 06 5126314.
Guided visit to the Casale dell'ex Mulino and to the sepolcro di Annia Regilla
Every Sunday starting at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 e 15.30, led by the Caffarella committee.
Guided visits run by the environmental associations
In spring and autumn the Park organizes a programme of free guided Sunday visits in collaboration with the associations that have been working to safeguard and promote this territory for many years now.
Each of these associations has its programme of cultural and schools activities regarding various areas of the Park: Caffarella, Aqueducts, Appia Antica, Tormarancia and Farnesiana.
At the various associations' web-sites you will find the information you need to take part: