The “Via Appia” construction started in 312 B.C., at the height of the second Samnite war, a crucial period of the history of Rome that had recently suffered the bitter humiliation of the Caudine Forks (321 B.C.).
I love to travel, to travel walking. I laid feet and emotions in many places receiving different experiences in return. I have often walked in the traces of history: Alexander the Great’s Anabasis, the Silk Road, Leonardo da Vinci’s last journey from Rome to Amboise. One journey pulls the other and it was at the very beginning of my “Leonardo 1516”, which I was inspired by it: to walk the Ancient Appia Way.
This first part of the way, (or the last, for those who starts from Brindisi) is certainly the richest in romain vestiges, with many monuments, expecially, along the part of the road inside Rome. It’s a straight road 22,5 km long, lightly sloped (355 meters the altitude difference) up to the city of Albano Laziale.