Which turned out complete different from what I had imagine it to be. I had imagined a quiet walk down a dusty sand path (or a cobblestone path) surrounded by fields, deserted villages with an occasional horse trotting by with a carriage in tow. Like this.
I guess this is why I prefer reading books to watching movies. I was aghast when I watched an episode of Naruto anime in which he did Kage Bunshin no Jutsu and I was like WHAT?! JUST LIKE THAT?! It was way more impressive in my head than in the anime.
I digressed. Anyway I probably should have had done a little more research, perhaps checked out some images instead of just going with my imagination. Even if (according to legend) it was the road that Jesus appeared on and thus I assumed he walked on.
We started the walk all the way from our apartment at Tor Pignattara (which has the nicest pizza ever for only 5.50 Euros!).
Just the usual neighbourhood ruins. Hurhur.
Enroute. Where we walked on non existent paths for pedestrians, passed by a petrol station with a single pump and a bare roof, the industrial area and abandoned houses before we finally… took a bus. Hahahaha.
And a couple of stops later.
First things first, breakfast! Walked past what appeared to be a private estate with signs offering coffee at the entrance, took a peek in and had a lovely breakfast under the orange trees. That was until we noticed the oranges on the floor and started worrying about having oranges fall on our heads.
That was also my first time seeing orange trees.
After Googling a little, I am now confused between Appia Antica (a park?) and Via Appia Antica. It seems like I might have taken the wrong road, thus the difference in expectations?
Anyway, there were loads to see on the road that we had taken including popping in a church for mass (in italian), hesitating at the entrance of catacombs and entering random open gates. My only gripe was having to share the road with cars zooming by.