Appia Antica Walk
Date Published: Feb. 13, 2017
Just one day after returning from the trip to Umbria, a selection of students took
advantage of an optional excursion down the Ancient Appian Way with some guest guides.
Two members of a local environmental organization called Legambiente offered a walking
tour to students down a stretch of the Appia Antica. The guides spoke in Italian but
Dr. Hatlie was there to translate! They discussed the historical importance of the
road, the manner in which it was built, the naturalistic aspects of the area, and
discussed their organization’s role in maintaining the structure against erosion and
litter. Students got up close to current excavations and walked a good portion of
the ancient road. This excursion offered a unique opportunity to explore the ancient
history in our own backyard!