Excavations at Via Appia Antica in Rome


Since 2022, PLuS has been supporting the excavations taking place at the Appia Antica in Rome under the direction of Prof. Rachele Dubbini (Università degli Studi di Ferrara).

The initiative is dedicated to an area located just outside the ancient city walls that has never been archaeologically analysed before. The area to be investigated is of essential importance for the history of the city and its self-image in antiquity, as some of the most important myths are located there (e.g. Rhea Silvia’s encounter with Mars, the god of war, which gave rise to the founding twins). The University of Ferrara has one of the two excavation permits issued by the Ministry of Culture for the Parco della Caffarella and is the only Italian university represented with a didactic excavation.


The excavations can be visited in regularly scheduled guided tours. The dates, as well as regular updates on the progress of the excavation, are published on the following social media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecec.unife

Instagram: @appiantica39

TikTok: @appiantica39

Further information/Press releases:

Comunicato stampa 2023 (in Italian)