Postcard from Italy: Ancient Aqueducts in Rome

Parco degli Acquadotti, Rome

Just outside of Rome lie freestanding aqueducts that were built in the first century to transport water to Rome. Aqueduct Park, or Parco degli Acquedotti, is full of locals walking their dogs or jogging, but it is also a nice place for visitors to enjoy a picnic. Ancient Rome flourished because of its access to running water, and when you see the precisely engineered arches of these still-standing aqueducts, you can appreciate what a marvel they were.

If you have more than four days in Rome, or if you are visiting for a second or third time, take the time to get out and explore Aqueduct Park as well as the nearby Ancient Appian Way. We visited as part of a driving tour that exposed us to some of the lesser-known sites and viewpoints around the city. One of our favorite stops was walking through the fields of flowers to stand under the shade of the aqueduct arches and to touch the stones that were placed nearly 2,000 years prior.

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Editor’s Note: Photo by Tamara Gruber.

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