Rome in Ruins

Along the Aurelian Wall

This volume contains three self-guided walks to the archeological sites of ancient Rome within the historic city center. As one might imagine, the habitation of ancient Rome from the eighth century BC to the end of the empire in 476 AD has left numerous ruins and remains from the different periods of the Eternal City and the Roman Empire. Not all of those remains are as obvious as ones we see in the usual images of Rome, such as the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill or the Imperial Forums. Yet, the smaller and less prominent ruins are just as appealing as the more popular one

 
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The three walks included in this guidebook explore areas around and adjacent to the Aurelian Wall, the defensive barrier constructed by Emperor Aurelian in 275 AD. The wall encircled the city of Rome, yet many sites lay outside of the walls. The walking routes will often alternate from one side of the wall to the other. Modern roadways penetrate the walls at opportune places to make it convenient for today’s explorers.