Rome is full of historical attractions. From the Colosseum to The Vatican it is hard to plan time to see places beyond the main sights. Slightly South of the main center of Rome you will find a hidden gem known by locals but often overseen by tourists. This magical place is called Parco degli Acquedotti or Aqueduct Park and is a must see when visiting Rome. If you need a history lesson, aqueducts were constructed channels engineered to carry fresh, drinkable water from far away mountains to the inner city. Rome’s first aqueduct, Aqua Appia, was built in 312 BC! The park is large, open and FREE!
From the Tuscan countryside we headed for Rome (all roads lead to Rome… seriously!) and drove around the city center on the hunt of Aqueduct Park. We quickly saw the crumbling ancient aqueducts in the distance and were so excited to get a more up close and personal view. Finding the entrance was tricky (GPS took us everywhere except one of the entrances) and parking was scarce but free and un-regulated.
The park reminded me of any normal public park in a city- except with ancient aqueducts! Here you can find locals walking their dogs, having a picnic or going for a jog. Some of the aqueduct structures have thin fences around them but you can walk under and touch. It really is something!
Are you are looking for more pictures and info on our trip around Italy? I have posted a ton and still have so much to share with you guys! Check out about some of our time in Venice – here (more coming soon), visit to the island of Burano – here , Tuscany’s Vignamaggio Winery- here, Tuscany’s Montefollonico, Tuscany’s Montalcino, Tour of the Vatican with Walks of Italy – here, Food Tour in Trastevere Rome With Eating Europe- here, the best way to see the Colosseum in Rome – here, a quick trip to the island of Capri- here. Also check out our long layover in Istanbul Turkey – here!