Friday, December 11, 2009

Historic Walks - January - February 2010

Start the year with a new set of Walks with CCR to get you out and about on the weekend!

Olivia Ercoli is a certified tour guide with many years' experience, a main contributor to the best-selling guidebook "Rome" (Dorling Kindersley). Over the last 16 years, she has been teaching Roman Topography and Art History courses for various US University Programs in Rome. She has recently appeared in the National Geographic series "Cities of the Underworld" (History Channel) and in the upcoming CBS series "Love, Hate and War".

Please note you are financially responsible for your booking, which must be made at least three days ahead of the walk in question. Confirmation of the walk will be given two days before the walk.

From Cecilia Metella to the Tombs of the Horatii
January 16, 2010 - booking deadline January 13th

Surrounded by Roman tombs, Medieval strongholds, and memories from the time of the Grand Tour, the venerable remains of the Appian Way, built 312 B.C., constitute one of Rome's most miraculous feats of preservation. Still today threatened by environmental and man made dangers to its survival, it holds memories of countless historical events which occurred along its route.
This January, come and re-live the struggle of the Horatii and the Curiatii, the anguish of Spartacus's defeated followers, the pomp of Augustus or Sulla's funerals, and listen to the clatter of farmers' carts, the tread of the legions, the gossip, the mournful funeral dirges of funeral processions on their way out of the city.


10 euro per person. No extra charges.

Meet at: The Tomb of Cecilia Metella, Via Appia Antica 10 am sharp

By bus: take metro A to Colli Albani metro stop. Take bus 660 (departures every 30mins) for 8 stops to via Appia Antica, Cecilia Metella stop. Walk a few hundred meters' to huge castle-like ruin: you are at Cecilia Metella. Also consult: or

By car: drive out along the Ardeatina, turn left on to Appia Antica, left again and uphill to the Tomba di Cecilia Metella. Parking on site.

For booking, carpooling and information for the January 16 walkplease e-mail

The Port of Trajan
February 7, 2010 - booking deadline February 4

To avoid the threat to trade posed by the silting up of the Tiber, various emperors sought ways to set up new docking facilities in the neighbourhood of Ostia. The little-known site of Portus, which was once the beating heart of Rome's commercial activity, took over the role of Ancient Ostia but over time fell into total oblivion. Today it is privately owned by the noble Torlonia Family and is gradually revealing its hidden treasures.


10 euro per person for CCR members
14 euro per person for non-members
No extra charges

Carpooling available.

Meet at: Museo delle navi, Via Guidoni 35 (Fiumicino Airport) at 10 am sharp.
Parking available. Please check site ahead on

By car only: take main road to Fiumicino Airport, at airport roundabout turn left, past petrol station to small building on right, Museo delle Navi.Museum staff will take us to the site, so make sure you arrive on time.

Please note: In the event of inclement weather this walk will be rescheduled.

For booking, carpooling and information for the February 7th walk please e-mail

Please note: walks are outside of Rome - please take time to become familiar with the location and logistics; for all information please refer to and

Photo credit: Portus from the British School of Rome Roman Ports Project.