The Via Tuscolana (SP215) is one of the principal roads out of Rome. It connects the Eternal City with the present town of Frascati. Unlike most of the main roads out of the city it was not constructed in the days of ancient Rome but in the middle ages. The Via Tuscolana is one of the better known shopping streets not directly in the center of town.
Via Tuscolana Rome
Beginning to Porta Furba
The name Via Tuscolana is explained by the old name of Frascati, which used to be called Tuscolo. This town was destroyed in 1191. Although the street is medieval, parts of older stretches of road were used when the Via Tuscolana was constructed.
The present Via Tuscolana kind of took over the role of the Via Latina, which used to connect Rome to the Colli Albani.
In order to reach the Via Tuscolana it is best to exit the historical center through the Porta San Giovanni. The beginning of the street is just past the Piazza Re di Roma on the left side of the Via Appia Nuova.
The Porta Furba neighborhood boasts some ruins of the Acquedotto Claudio and the Acquedotto Felice. The two aqueducts make use of the same walls. This district is named after the Porta Furba itself, a gate over the Via Tuscolana.
Slightly further down the road you will find the Alessandro Severo Mausoleum, which was constructed in the 2nd century AD. Turn right into the Via del Monte del Grano.
Porta Furba to the Grande Raccordo
From here a small detour leads to some more Roman ruins. Turn right into the Via del Quadraro and then left into the Via Lemonia. To the right of the Via del Lemonia you will see the Parco degli Acquedotti, which more than honors its name. At the end of the street some ruins of the Villa delle Vignacce can be seen. From here the Viale di Roma Vecchia leads to the 13th century Casale di Roma Vecchia, which was built on the grounds of the Roman Villa delle Sette Bassi. Behind this building you can see a long stretch of the Claudio Aqueduct. The separate ruins were part of the Marcio Aqueduct.
The Villa delle Sette Bassi is de last bigger attraction before the ringroad around the city. This 2nd century villa was the second biggest of its kind outside the city walls.
Smaller ruins before the G.R.A. were part of a 3rd century Roman water cistern and a 2nd century columbarium.
Via Tuscolana outside Rome
Just before the ringroad the street splits. The southern part continues as Via Anagnina and the northern part is still the Via Tuscolana. Near the city of Grottaferrata the two parts reunite.