The Park of Aqueducts


The Aqueducts Park is part of the Regional Park of Appia Antica Suburban. It is between Via Appia and Via Tuscolana, is bordered by Via Lemonia, via delle Capannelle, Via Appia and Via Quadraro.

The area is characterized by the presence of seven aqueducts, and other ancient buildings such as the villa of Vignacce and Roma Vecchia farmhouse. The aqueducts are those Anio Vetus and Anio Novus, Marcia, of Tepula, Iulia, the Aqua Claudia and the Felice, it still works. In via Quadraro, where you can admire the aqueduct Claudio arches here reach their maximum height (27-28 meters), recent excavations have brought to light a number of facilities including some tombs, a building identified as a temple or mausoleum, a small columbarium, remains of the paving of Latin and a hotel with spa facility via (mansio). All these structures are currently not visible because covered. The villa dictates Vignacce is one of the largest suburban villas of this area; dated between the second and fourth centuries AD, was probably built by Q. Servilius Pudens, wealthy producer of bricks in the time of Hadrian (117-138 AD), as they seem to demonstrate some brick stamps and lead pipes (fistulae) bearing the his name, found in the excavations. The preserved remains of the villa refer to a large spa complex and a cistern with two floors, fed by the nearby aqueduct Marcio. The Casale di Roma Vecchia, and the location in which is named after the nearby villa of the Seven Netherlands because, given the large scale of the ruins, in the eighteenth century it was believed that they belonged to another ancient city like Rome. It is a house-tower, on the Via Latina, probably on the site of a former coaching inn, dating back to the thirteenth century. The house is located in a strategic position, between the aqueducts Aqua Claudia and Marcia. Next to the Old Casale di Roma runs the Acqua Mariana, Marrano said in the Middle Ages.

It is a ditch for much of the open sky, made by Callistus II in 1120 to bring water to Rome of the aqueducts Aqua Tepula and Iulia. Since then the "Marrano" term refers to Rome all the ditches in the suburbs. Ditch next to the remains of a medieval tower of the thirteenth century, built on a Roman cistern. Later, between the Claudian aqueduct and the Roma - Cassino railway, is the so-called "tomb of a hundred steps", so called from the number of steps leading to the burial chamber; Here, within certain niches (arcosolia) are of marble sarcophagi with sloping lid; Some tunnels were later excavated the tomb, probably to be used as catacombs.

At the Lemonia access via 256 is the Information Point area, open on Sundays; access to the park can also occur from other points.