How To Visit The Appian Way (Via Appia Antica)

Public Transport From Rome Enabling An Independent Visit To The Appian way


118 Rome Public Bus  On The Appian Way (Via Appia Antica)

118 Rome Public Bus On The Appian Way (Via Appia Antica)

Sunday - The Best Day To Visit The Appian Way

If you can, Sunday is the best day to visit the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica). On Sundays the Via Appia Antica is closed to private vehicles enabling you to stroll along without worry over vehicles.

Public Transport To The Via Appia Antica

The Via Appia Antica is just to the south of the centre of Rome and well within range of Rome's excellent public bus network.

There are several options but we would recommend the 118 bus for the first time visitor. Not only does it travel along a good length of the Via Appia Antica itself, but it stops by the main visitor centre for the Appian Way and you can board the bus in central Rome at the Colosseum.


The 118 bus runs about every 40 minutes daily. The bus starts to depart from in front of Piramide Metro Station, but has recently been rerouted in a loop with a handy bus stop right next to the Colosseum. This arrangement may not be permanent and you may well prefer to board the 118 bus from by Circo Massimo Metro Station common to the new loop and the old terminus ar Pyramide which it could revert to.


The 118 bus also stops outside the Baths Of Caracalla, a popular place to twin with a visit to the Appia Antica. Its about a 20 minute journey to the visitor centre for the Appian Way which we recommend the first time visitor alights from the bus, (see below).


The alternative bus to the visitor centre is the 218 bus that starts at San Giovanni in Laterano, by the famous basilica another great combination with a visit to the Appia Antica. This bus runs about every 20 minutes. The Metro station of the same name is close by.


The other popular bus to visit the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) is the 660 bus, that shuttles from Colli Albani Metro Station. This bus will drop you off further down the Appia Antica at the southern end of the Appia Antica section that most visitors visit on foot. The 660 bus is geared up to the needs of locals and for much of the day when visitors want to access the Appia Antica only runs at hourly intervals.

Visitor Information Centre Via Appia Antica (Sede Del Parco)

Visitor Information Centre Via Appia Antica

Visitor Information Centre Via Appia Antica
Easily Missed

The visitor centre for The Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) is easily missed if you don't know what you're looking for.

A big "I" sign on the front is just about the sole clue that this is a visitor centre and not a small bar.


You can pick up maps and some leaflets of the attractions along the way here and its also one of the most convenient places to rent a bike, (see below).

The 118 and 218 buses stop outside the information centre from Rome at the position of the bus in the image right.

Once the bus passes through the city walls the bus descends under a railway bridge and the tourist centre follows very shortly after.

Our what to expect walking the Via Appia Antica page is written up using the visitor centre as the starting point.

Hiring A Bike To Visit The Appian Way (Via Appia Antica)

The Appia Antica Park is a very large area, far to big to cover on foot in one day.

Biking The Appian Way

Biking The Appian Way

Most visitors on foot cover the section of the Via Appia Antica between the visitor centre and Cecilia Metella.


Cecilia Metella is as far as the Archeobus Tour Bus goes along the Via Appia Antica and is where the 660 bus reaches the Via Appia Antica and turns around. Along this stretch are many of the highlights of a visit to the Appian Way.


The alternative to walking is to hire a bike. There are several places where you can hire bikes, perhaps the most convenient being the visitor centre.

There are 5 formal bike routes you can get leaflets from the visitor centre or download from their web site. The lengths range from 5 to 32 kms and allow you to cover some other attractions like the water viaducts.


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