5 star rating: Highly Recommended 215 Reviews

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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Electric Bike Tour

To see more of Rome’s ancient sights than what you find in the historical center, get out of the city on this electric bike tour to the Appian Way. You’ll check out the ruins of the Aurelian Walls, the thermal Baths of Trajan and the San Callisto catacombs, which date back to the 2nd century. Learn about the burial customs of Ancient Rome and enjoy the countryside scenery without putting in too much effort, thanks to the bike’s electric motor. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people. 

Highlights

  • 6-hour electric bike tour along the Appian Way in Rome
  • Cycle deep into the Italian countryside
  • Discover Roman ruins such as the Aurelian Walls, the Circus of Maxentius and the Tomb of Caecilia Metella
  • Visit the 2nd-century San Callisto catacombs and learn of Roman burial traditions
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures personal attention from the guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The Appian Way covers lots of off-road and hilly terrain, but your electric bike makes pedaling easy. Explore ancient Roman ruins outside the city and travel effortlessly through rural Italy.

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What You Can Expect

Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Electric Bike Tour

Explore the ancient Appian Way by electric bike with your guide

Your bike tour starts at a central Rome location, where you’ll meet your guide and travel out of the city center to the Appian Way. Dating back to 312 BC, the Appian Way was constructed to connect Rome to Southern Italy and became one of the most important thoroughfares in the Roman Republic.

When you arrive at the start of the road, jump on your electric bike, which is outfitted with a small motor that kicks in when you pedal, allowing you to cover a lot of ground with minimal effort while you enjoy the fresh air of the Roman countryside. (If you prefer a little exercise, however, standard bikes are also available.)

Following your guide, ride past ancient sights like the thermal Baths of Trajan, the Aurelian Walls, the Circus of Maxentius, the Tomb of Caecilia Metella and the Park of the Caffarella. Admire the rural Italian scenery, and hear stories from your guide about these centuries-old ruins. When you reach the San Callisto catacombs, go inside the subterranean tunnels, dating back to the 2nd century, and learn about the burial traditions of the ancient Romans.

Your tour ends with return to central Rome. Total biking distance on the Appian Way is approximately 19 miles (30 km). Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.     

Customer Reviews

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Had a wonderful day with Ambra. Bikes were excellent quality, the tour interesting and informative.

ptmickey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Fantastic day exploring the sites of Rome on an Ebike with Ricardo as our guide. Would definitely do this tour again next time in Rome. Six hours sounds like a lot but with the Ebike it was very easy. You'll see things that most likely you would not find on your own.

Jennifer Ellen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic way to go. Excellent and conscientious guide. No issue on short sectins of city riding.

Michele S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Best tour in Rome. Electric bikes are so easy to ride and exploring the countryside was beautiful! Frederico was our guide and he was very informative. Highly recommend.

Amanda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This bike tour was wonderful, majestic. This is the Rome I imagined. If you do nothing else while here, make certain you book this tour. Thank you for an amazing day!

Mark J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Being this was our 2nd trip to Italy and Rome, we wanted to do something other than visit churches and ruins. This was a perfect day to spend out of the hustle and bustle of the city. The Appian Way was a nice surprise, right in the heart of Rome. Our guide, Mateo, was friendly and knowledgable, spoke excellent English. We had a smaller group of 7 riders but he made sure everyone was doing well throughout the trip. The stop at the farm to have fresh Pecorino and wine was wonderful! The farm sits right in a public park. The tour of the catacombs was interesting, something I wouldn't have thought to go see and the aquaducts were incredible. It was our first time on eBikes and they were fun! If you like being outdoors and doing something active other than walking then this tour is for you. HIGHLY recommend this tour!

Justin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent. One of our favorite bike tours in Europe. There was wine and cheese, lots of photo opportunities and our Dutch guide Inka spelling is wrong was friendly. Do this tour!

Peter M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our trip was absolutely wonderful! We were a group of two families with children of varying ages, 2 years to 13 years. We saved our Appian Way bike tour for the final day of our trip, which was perfect. Supremely professional, friendly, and knowledgeable -- we couldn't have been happier with our experience! Highly recommended!!! If we are able to visit Rome again, we will absolutely do another bicycle tour!

Rafael F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Federico was the best! Best tour that we had in Italy in our 3 weeks. Would highly recommend it! The E bikes were great, and gave the extra push on the many hills of Rome. The countryside was absolutley stunning! Thoroughly enjoyed the tour-but Federico made it special! Perfect English, good history stories and plenty of patience!

Timothy T USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a wonderful time on this tour. We rode in the afternoon in order to miss the hottest part of the day and that worked out well for us. Ambra was a very knowledgeable guide who made sure to keep everyone safe and together. We were amazed at all of the green space in the middle of Rome and it was wonderful to see the ruins of the aqueducts in the background of everyday life for local residents. The second park was quite beautiful and the stop at the farm was a wonderful experience. Their fresh goats' milk cheese was delicious and paired wonderfully with the fresh bread and wine. Be advised that for those 5'6 or shorter, the center bar of the bike is a bit high and may cause you trouble when at a stop.

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