Feeling like a nice walk after a few days in the heaving centre of Rome, we decided to walk down part of the Appian Way, one of the ancient Roman roads. It is now a linear park, lined with ruins of tombs, monuments and villas, and enough trees to provide shade. A few tips: Take the 118 bus from the Piramid Metro station, which is very close to the Stazione Ostiense if you are travelling by train. Get off in the Appian Way, soon after the railway bridge and pop into the Information Office (where you can get a good free map in many languages). Unless you like walking along busy and dangerous roads, I advise taking the next bus and getting off at the Basilica di San Sebastiano, where you can also visit the catacombs. From this point there is far less traffic and good walking. Walk as far as you like! Most left turns will bring you the return route of the 118 bus - we made it to the Casal Rotondo and walked down the busy road of that name to the Via Appia Nuovo to catch a bus back to the centre. Note that there are a few expensive restaurants in the early part of the road, but none thereafter - take a picnic.
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