|From a distance|
The first stop was at some of the catacombs, though photos were not allowed in the tunnels themselves. The ones we went into (San Sebastiano) have 7 miles of tunnels on 3 levels. No, other than tunnels, there's not much down there (we sort of expected skulls, but they've all gone to dust, and the marble marking the tombs & sarcophagi was all pillaged), but in 1920 they unearthed a set of buried ancient beautifully preserved pagan tombs that someone filled up and built a church on top of. The church (like all churches in Rome) contains something special: the footprints of Christ in marble (made when he was escaping crucifixion in Rome, and St. Peter took his place).
|Size 8, I think (is that lightning I hear?)|
San Sebastiano marks the start of the main section of the old Roman road which is lined with tombs, mausoleums and ruins.
|Villa of Maxtentius. Closed Mondays.|
|Ruined Gothic church|
|Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and former road toll station|
|Straight. Long. Original uneven rocks.|
|A typical tomb|
|The tablet was installed about 10 years ago.|
|A detail of the plaque|
|The long road with typical spacing.|
|A couple of biggies further down|
|Associated with something|
They did unearth at least one interesting thing recently: in the early 2000's, they bought some dude's villa, because someone had buried an ancient bath complex and turned it into a farm field.
|Mosaics intact. What do you suppose is under the house next door?|
The views from the road of the Alban hills are pretty nice.
|Some village I don't know the name of.|
|A ski area, I bet|
|No winners. 2 losers.|
|It continues towards Rome. St Peter's in the distance|
|Magical mix of engineering and arch-itechture|
|Lower. Water flowing into a stream|
|The missing bits are now a pipe/sunbathing spot.|
The highlight of the day had to be the very cool and photogenic aqueduct.
|Quite the work of art|