Once the largest and grandest of Rome’s private residences, the ancient ruins of the Villa of the Quintilii (Villa dei Quintili) are still an impressive sight today. Located along the legendary Appian Way (Via Appia), the lavish villa includes two impressive entrances, intact mosaic tiles and marble floors, and the remains of its private luxury baths, dating back to 151 AD.
Tour the ruins on a half-day trip from Rome to admire the rooms and artifacts on display, or cycle along the ancient Appian Way to visit the ruins and other ancient landmarks, like the Caracalla Baths and the Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella.
The Villa of the Quintilii is located along the Appian Way, around six miles (10 km) south of central Rome. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 4:30pm. Adult admission is €6 and includes entrance to the Baths of Caracalla and the Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella (useable within 7 days); children younger than 17 enter free.
You can reach the villa by metro, train and bus from Rome's city center. Take metro line Anagnina to Colli Albani, or trains 7197 (Frascati) or FL4 (Ciampino) to Capannelle; then, take bus 664 or 654 to Bisignano—a three-minute walk from the villa. Choose a tour with round trip transportation, including hotel pick up and drop off, to avoid Rome's messy public transportation.
Did you know? In Roman times, the Appian Way (Appia Antica) was one of the world’s most important roads, built in 312 BC and running from Rome to Brindisi in southeast Italy.