This cycling trip along the Via Appia will take you 10 nights, from the beautiful coastal town of Formia, northwards to Rome. Along the way the route passes along stretches of the original Via Appia known as the Via Appia Antica.
This route was Europe’s first ‘highway’ and one of the most important Roman roads. Built in 312 BC, the Via Appia connected Rome to Brindisi, Apulia, in southeast Italy. It was from here that Roman ships sailed to Greece and Egypt. As it was originally built for military purposes you will be following in the footsteps of Julius Caesar and other Roman leaders. The famous slave leader called Spartacus was crucified on the Via Appia in 71 BC. The route passes through the stunning Italian landscape and past wonderful Roman ruins.
The final stretch of the Via Appia is surely one of the highlights of any trip in Italy as it takes you along the ancient cobbles past the ruins of countless Roman mausoleums and Villas before entering the ‘Eternal City’ via the Porta San Sebastiano in the old city walls.
This is a cycling package as it passes along the route of the ancient Via Appia which in places is still in use as public roads.