The Appian Way: In the Footsteps of Emperors with Dr. Livia Galante

The Appian Way: In the Footsteps of Emperors with Dr. Livia Galante


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Called the “Regina Viarum” or The Queen of Roads by poet Statius in the first century AD, the Appian Way was the first Roman highway to connect the capital to the southern coasts of the Italian peninsula. Lined with opulent estates, imposing mausoleums, medieval churches, and Christian catacombs, we will journey back in time to imagine life along this majestic thoroughfare.

Built by Consul Appius Claudius in 312 BCE to reach Capua, near Naples, the road was later prolonged to end in Brindisi in the heel of the Italian peninsula. The road has been flanked by magnificent estates since the beginning and today, the ruins of the ancient Roman villas are complemented by the luxurious modern-day mansions of Italian superstars like Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, and others. We will visit the beautiful villa of emperor Maxentius with its well-preserved Circus for chariot races, second only in size to nearby Circus Maximus. Next, we pass by the Catacombs of Sebastian, the first built in Rome. Further on, we will admire the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, one of the road’s most famous landmarks, as well as the Medieval Caetani fortress and the Villa of the Quintili.

Led by an expert on ancient Roman Topography, Livia Galante, this interactive seminar will focus on the Appian Way. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with new understandings of the importance of this first Roman highway and the historic structures lining it.

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic in sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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