The Mura Serviane take their name from the mythical sixth king of Rome, Servio Tullio, to whom legend attributes the building of these walls. In fact, it has been historically proven that these walls, which ran for eleven kilometers around the Quirinale, Esquilino and Viminale hills, were built around halfway through the 4th Century BCE, exactly when this Latin king reigned. The most imposing remains of the fortifications can be seen near Termini, but you can see other sections of them in the church of Santi Quattro Coronati, on Viale Aventino, near Teatro Marcello, and elsewhere. It also seems that the blocks of tufa found at Santa Sabina and near the Terme di Diocleziano belonged to the same fortifications.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Termini