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Beyond the City Walls

The 3rd-century Aurelian walls are still largely intact and served as the defence of the city for 1,600 years until Italian Unification was achieved in 1870. After that, the walls were pierced in several places so that traffic could bypass the old gates and the modern city quickly sprawled far and wide in every direction. Although it’s undeniable that Rome’s most dazzling sights are contained within the walls, venturing outside them can have spectacular rewards. Ancient roads and even an entire ancient town, as well as some of Rome’s oldest churches, the mystical catacombs, and even Benito Mussolini’s pretentious contributions to modern architecture are all must-sees if you can draw yourself away from the city centre.

The Aurelian Wall

This ancient wall was begun by Emperor Aurelian (AD 270–75) and completed by his successor Probus (AD 276–82). It stretches 18 km (11 miles) around the city, with 18 gates and 381 towers, enclosing all seven of Rome’s hills. In the 4th century, Emperor Maxentius raised it to almost twice its original height. To this day, most of the wall survives.



  

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