The Via Appia Antica, or the Appian Way, was one of the major roads leading into and out of Rome. The road is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the first section as a military road to the south in 312 BC during the Samnite Wars.

Our tour stopped in the Appia Antica Regional Park to look at the ruins of the aqueducts. These photos show the aqueducts that were used to bring water into Rome. During the height of the Roman Empire (around 100 AD), more water was brought into the city per-person than New York City in the 1970's.

San Sebastian is more formally known as "San Sebastiano fuori le mura" (Saint Sebastian outside the walls), or "San Sebastiano ad Catacumbas" (Saint Sebastian at the Catacombs). Built originally in the first half of the 4th century, the basilica is dedicated to St. Sebastian, a popular Roman martyr of the 3rd century. The name ad catacumbas refers to the catacombs of St Sebastian, over which the church was built, while "fuori le mura" refers to the fact that the church is built outside the Aurelian Walls, and is used to differentiate the basilica from the church of San Sebastiano al Palatino on the Palatine Hill.

Read more about the Appian Way (link opens in a new window).

Read more about the St Sebastian Church and Catacombs (link opens in a new window).