JUBILEE CULTURAL ROUTES

Ariccia

You are along the route: TRAVELLING TOWARDS ROME. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL

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The ancient Aricia, one of the oldest cities in Lazio, expanded in relation to its position on the via Appia, which had its first resting point here before continuing on towards Brindisi, or the last when travelling on to Rome (24 km away).

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Via Appia antica. Crossroad between via della Costa and via di Vallericcia
Always visible.

The ancient road descended, entering the city through an arched gateway, known as the Devil’s Burden. Only the top of the arch is visible today, the sole element remaining above the ground, in a roundabout. Also known as “Wizard Simon’s Burden”, it is named after the last tragic episode in the life of this interesting character, the first of the heretics, who lived in Rome at the same time as Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Simon fell heavily during a demonstration of levity for Peter himself. He was taken in the direction of Brindisi by his acolytes, who were forced to stop here, near Aricia, where he died of his injuries.

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Via Appia Antica. Close to the crossroad with Via della Polveriera
Always visible.

Immediately after the Basto del Diavolo, at least then 100 m distance one of the most famous and representative monuments of the ancient Roman ways is visible: the viaduct on which the Via Appia crossed a wide valley. The monument, immortalised in a series of pictures, for example by Piranesi, has been dated to the second century BC, and was undoubtedly crossed by St. Paul on his journey to Rome.

How to get the step: Ariccia

Via di Vallericcia, 00040 Ariccia RM, Italy

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