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Via Appia, the Appian Way, is one of the earliest road built in the Roman Republic and connects Rome to Brindisi.


The path of the Via Appia and of the Via Appia Traiana

It is one of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic. It connected Rome to Brindisi, in southeast Italy. The road is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the first section as a military road to the south in 312 BC during the Samnite Wars.

The Via Appia Antica is considered to be the "longest museum in the world". For 18 km, from the 1 Porta Capena Porta Capena on Wikipedia at the Circus Maximus to 2 Frattocchie, the oldest Roman consular road, partly still with its ancient pavement, has been preserved. Then it joins the Via Appia Nuova to run as a normal state road for another 560 km to the southern Italian port of Brindisi.


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Map of Via Appia


  • 3 Rome. Rome (Q220) on Wikidata Rome on Wikipedia
  • 4 Brindisi. Brindisi (Q13496) on Wikidata Brindisi on Wikipedia

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Ancient travellers used to ferry across the Adriatic from Brindisium to Dyrrhachium (modern Durrës), to follow the Via Egnatia towards the second imperial capital, Constantinople.

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