5 star rating: Highly Recommended 197 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience Rome as not many do! On a small-group Roman countryside bike tour of the ancient Appian Way and Catacombs, cycle in a group of 12 along a 2,300-year-old cobblestone Roman road, past an ancient sepulcher and an Imperial palace, as well as ancient Roman aqueducts. Finally, ride through Caffarella Park, a preserved strip of land in the Roman countryside that impressed 19th-century travelers like Byron, Goethe and Stendhal.

The challenging route covers a distance of roughly 19 miles (30 kilometers) including some seven or eight hills and lots of off-road terrain; for this reason, the tour is aimed at experienced cyclists with a better-than-average level of fitness.

Highlights

  • Roman countryside bike tour of the ancient Appian Way
  • Guided visit to the Catacombs (6-hour tour only)
  • See thermal baths, ancient tombs and Roman ruins
  • Cheese and wine aperitif in Caffarella Park (6-hour tour only)
  • Local, professional guide
  • 27-gear trekking bike with helmet
  • Small groups of 12 people for a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Bike Tour

Ancient Appian Way Bike Tour

An exceptional tour of absolute beauty, the Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Bike Tour is a fantastic way to explore the ancient sights and landscapes that surround Rome. It’s a journey into a unique setting, in which a miraculously intact environment, free from modernization, forms a backdrop to the continuous passage of historical, cultural and artistic events.

Choose from a 4.5-hour, 5-hour or 6-hour tour, and after putting on your helmet, set off behind your guide at a steady pace. All of the options follow an intense cycling route, covering lots of off-road and hilly terrain. Take the 4.5-hour tour to see the sights of the Appian Way from your bike -- with few stops -- or alternatively, take the 5-hour tour (October only) or the 6-hour tour. The longer options include lengthier stops; both include a visit to a Roman sheep farm to relax over wine and cheese, and the 6-hour tour includes a guided tour of the Catacombs, too.

All options include additional sights like:
  • Trajan's Thermal baths
  • Caracalla's Thermal baths
  • S. Sebastian Door
  • Aurelian Walls
  • Ancient Appian Way
  • S. Callisto Catacombs
  • Circus of Maxentius
  • Tomb of Caecilia Metella
  • Tombs and Tumulus Ruins
  • Ninfeum of Villa Quintili
  • Aqueduct Park (Claudius and Felix)
  • Caffarella Park
  • Ninfeum of Egeria

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour - a must do if you have the time. We did this tour with Paul as guide and he was very informative and knowledgeable. Our tour was on a day of 6C and we were nervous about doing it in the heat. We were offered electric bikes which was perfect. Paul always found places to stop in the shade for his talks which was perfect. The Catacombs were amazing and very interesting to do the guided tour. Option to stay outside under tree if you want to. Then along the ancient Appain Way with remainders of many Mausoleums along each side - fascinating to see. Onto Aquaducts which still remain although not all in one piece at places. Journey through the countryside which is lovely and shady too! We then had lovely wine and cheese at a sheep farm and could watch the sheep being milked as well. Back into Rome to see Baths of Caracalla, Circo Massimo and Colloseum. An excellent tour with excellent guide. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

In five months of travel this was one of our enduring memories. One certainly does not have to a Lance Armstrong to cope. Anyone can. DO it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Bruno was pleasant and professional, bikes new and comfortable and the drive very relaxing! During the hot summer days in Rome, I would recommend this tour because it is a good opportunity to escape busy city centre and crowded sights and enjoy the shade and beautiful scent of old pines!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was fantastic. We felt safe despite riding near Roman traffic! Matteo our guide was caring and knowledgeable. The history we were able to experience was better than we could ever have imagined. The upgrade to electric assist bikes was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide Bruno was outstanding! He was knowledgeable, interesting, patient, and funny. The trip was well planned and we saw wonderful sites and learned interesting history. I highly recommend this bike tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A great experience and wonderful way to see some of the sites of Rome. This is a very professional operation. I was a little nervous about navigating Roman traffic on bikes with my 9-year-old. We were in the best of hands in every way - our charming and knowledgable guide, Bruno, kept us safe and entertained. Ask for him as your guide and you will be glad you did.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Awesome tour. We found areas we never knew existed. Great tour guides and all around experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I'd give this a seven out of five if I could. Federico was a super cool, knowledgeable, and friendly guide. I can't think of any other adventure in Rome where my way would be blocked by a flock of sheep.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent, well organised, informative and good quality bikes. This was the highlight of our trip to Rome, tiring afternoon but saw so much and the stop for cheese and wine was lovely. Thoroughly recommend this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

absolutely fantastic! best way to explore the outskirt of the ancient city. the tour was very easy with eBikes and still easy with a normal mountain bike if you cycle regularly. to see the appian way and the aqueducts on the bike was magical. the stop at the farm on the way back was perfectly positioned and timed. We had the best cheese ever and enjoyed chatting and getting to know the other cyclists - a definite highlight of the tour. If you have an afternoon in Rome without any plans this is the thing to do. the starting point is very close to the Colosseum.

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