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I can recommend a lovely little book by Robert A. Kaster, professor of classics at Princeton, called "The Appian Way - Ghost Road, Queen of Roads" published in 2012 by The University of Chicago Press in its Cultural Trails series.
Prof. Kaster drives up and down the Appian Way from Rome to Brindisi and back and relates the story of this road from Roman times onwards. He also gives us insight into the logisitics of his trip and some tips for the modern tourist wishing to travel the road.
I found the book on Amazon.
One of the highlights of my first trip to Rome a couple of years ago was taking a city bus south to a place where I could find the section of the Appian Way where it's preserved as a kind of park and walked on it back to the city. Does he mention other sections that are walkable, preferably without car traffic, in the book?
There is a bit towards the very end in Puglia, but not preserved in any way. Just not used.
The Appian Way runs about a mile from the bottom of my road, here in south Lazio, and I can tell you it is very busy indeed!
It's still basically the alternative route from Rome to Naples (and points in between) if you don't want to pay the tolls on the autostrada.
This stretch, which passes through the former Pontine Marshes (now drained) and is dead straight for 50 km up to Terracina, has been described by so many illustrious travellers of the past including Goethe, Dickens, Hawthorne, and Henry James.
Btw after reading the book I managed to have a brief exchange of emails with the author. Isn't the internet wonderful!