Appian Way - The Queen of Roads
Updated: Sep 9, 2018
Europe's first superhighway, built in 312 B.C., connecting Rome to Naples still exists today. You can walk on the same stones that the Apostle Peter and Julius Caesar walked on.
Thousands have made a pilgrimage here to see Roman monuments, two Christian catacombs, and a church that marks the spot where Peter had a vision of Jesus.
While fleeing the city to escape Nero's persecution, Peter saw a vision of Christ. Peter asked Jesus, "Lord, where are you going?" to which Christ replied, "I am going to Rome to be crucified again." This miraculous sign gave Peter faith and courage, causing him to return to Rome.
Take a road trip back in time
The wonder of its day, the Appian Way was called the "Queen of Roads."It remains a legend today, where you can walk or take a bike ride that will take you back 2,000 years. Visit one of the catacombs, where tomb-lined tunnels stretch for miles and are many layers deep. Many of the first Christians buried here were later recognized as martyrs and saints. Others carved out niches nearby to bury their loved ones close to these early heroes. While the bones are long gone, symbolic carvings decorate the walls: the fish stood for Jesus, the anchor was a camouflaged cross, and the phoenix with a halo symbolized the resurrection.