The Appian Way

They say all roads lead to Rome – but some are more important than others

Available in e-book for Kindle, Apple Books, Kobo and Google Play and in print from Amazon.

Along 350 miles from Rome to Brindisi, the Appian Way rose from its humble beginnings as a military track to become the engine that transformed Ancient Rome into the greatest empire Europe had ever seen.

Two thousand years later, with the continent in the process of another seismic shift, David Hewson travels its route in the footsteps of the ordinary and extraordinary people who trod its path.

From the gladiator rebel Spartacus to the marauding general Hannibal, via emperors, martyrs and politicians, he uncovers the stories of war, intrigue and ambition buried beneath its cobblestones.

Whether you love history, travel, Italy or all three, The Appian Way is a vivid, personal and fascinating exploration of an ancient journey that has never been more relevant.

‘A seamless mix of present and past. The Appian Way brings Roman history vividly alive.’

Dakota L. Hamilton, Humboldt State University

You can go behind the scenes of the book with two exclusive web features created from David’s travels and photographs. A Google Earth project will take you along the route of the Via Appia from Rome to Brindisi, listing all the locations mentioned in the book, with notes and photographs.

Just use this link. On mobile devices you may be prompted to download the free Google Earth app to view the route more easily.

Take a closer look at the locations through the photo gallery on the right, all from David’s photos collected on location and through trips to Italy over the years.