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The Appian Way

The road, which flanks the sea and was more distant from conflict zones, was faster and safer than via Latina and quickly assumed a military and strategic role.
Almost immediately, the first tombs were erected along the roadway such as those of the Scipioni, Servilii, Metelli and Catalino families. This tradition was continued by the Christians who constructed some of their most important catacombs here.
The roadway’s surface in the best preserved ancient tract is called basolato. The term takes its name from the ancient paving stones which are made from enormous blocks of volcanic basalt. With the fall of the Roman Empire, the road was abandoned and unused for a long period of time.
Throughout the Middle Ages, it was used as a pilgrim's route both because of the catacombs, and because it led to Brindisi from where pilgrims embarked for the Holy Land.
It was only during the Renascence that the road began its slow recovery which was largely due to the efforts of numerous archaeologists and enthusiasts. Their contributions as well as recent works have now restored the Ancient Appian Way to its former glory.

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Appia antica, Via Appia Antica
Via Appia Antica
41° 49' 44.6592" N, 12° 32' 47.58" E

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