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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)

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Travel along Rome’s ancient Appian Way and explore its ancient aqueducts, Catacombs and countryside on this 3-hour tour. Escape the city’s hustle and bustle to discover the surrounding countryside with your guide. Visit the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano — widely considered to be among Rome’s finest remaining burial sites — and explore their labyrinthine underground tunnels. Admire feats of engineering from a past civilization in the antique arches of Rome’s mighty aqueducts and gain valuable insight into one of the world’s most fascinating ancient civilizations.

Highlights

  • 3-hour morning tour along the Appian Way to Rome’s ancient Catacombs
  • Explore the Italian countryside outside Rome
  • Visit the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano
  • Admire the mighty arches of Rome's ancient aqueducts
  • Your tour combines coach or minivan travel and guided walks

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This active tour is a nice break from the museums and ruins of Rome. Get away from the crowds and visit the picturesque Roman countryside, discover the ancient Catacombs and see a Roman aqueduct up close.

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What You Can Expect

Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

Explore Rome's famous Appian Way

Combining coach or minivan travel with on-foot exploration, your morning guided tour departs from central Rome and takes you beyond the city walls and out along the rustic Appian Way — one of the earliest and most strategically significant roads of Rome’s ancient republic.

Stop first for a walk with your guide through the countryside near the southern edge of ancient Rome. Admire the attractive Italian scenery outside the city and perhaps take time to capture the landscape through the lens of your camera.

Continue on to Rome’s ancient Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano. The Catacombs of San Callisto were built in the 2nd century and named after the deacon Saint Callixtus, while San Sebastiano is a small Christian cemetery and one of Rome’s most accessible catacombs. Explore the underground tunnels with your guide, hear of their history and gain insight into the burial techniques prevalent those centuries ago.

Leaving the Catacombs behind and travel onward to admire Rome’s remaining aqueducts. The Romans were masters of engineering and the aqueducts still standing today are testament to their skills. Listen as your guide explains how and why the aqueducts were built here and marvel at the amazing feat of engineering they represent.

After three hours exploring the Catacombs and countryside along Rome’s ancient Appian Way, return to your original departure point to conclude your tour.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What really made this tour awesome was our tour guide, Janet. She was remarkable she made sure to remember all our names and included us in the history story that she was telling us. She was not only extremely knowledgable about all aspects of the tour but had a great sense of humour. We had some dominant personalities on our tour and she handled them with such class. One of the best guides we have ever come across. Thank you Janet.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Splendid tour guide, an young American expat who studied Italian history and now lives in Rome. Entertaining and fun throughout. Not much walking as such but nice to get out of the hot city and see some different things.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guide was great-- there were 12 of us in the group and she got to know all of our names. Her commentaries about the catacombs were very insightful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had Jeannette as our guide on the tour. I thought that the tour was one of the best tours in Rome I had on this visit. The history of catacombs is fascinating and Jeannette made it even more interesting by actively engaging the group in the discussions and making the history come alive. I like the coupling of the dark underground catacombs part with the sun-filled short field trip to the countryside and Appian Road as well as a comfort of an air-conditioned bus on a hot summer day. My teenage children also enjoyed the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide was so energetic, funny, and informative. The catacombs were very interesting and the aquaducts were beyond words...amazing! Although the history of the Appian Way is extraordinary, the original stones from the Appian Way are few, so it was a little disappointing. I expected to see a whole road of original stones, but there were only a few. I would still highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Janet our tour guide was great! Very knowledgeable and animated. She learned all our names and provided us with great information in a way we could easily relate to. We took a nice bus with a/c. Could've used a little more time at each stop, but still enjoyed it immensely.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour guide was excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Good mix of bus and walking. Very informative and entertaining guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Highly recommended visit. Great visit of catacombs as well as as via appia and the viaduct in the Roman countryside. A welcome escape from the city. Lovely guide Inger gave a perfect overview with just the right amount of information about the history of the places. 3 hour visit was just right for a whistle stop tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I was VERY IMPRESSED with our tour guide, Jeanette. She actually was the highlight of this tour. Honestly, it was cool to see the Catacombs and Roman Countryside, but she brought it to life. Honestly, the Catacombs have nothing to really look at except the empty areas where the bodies used to be buried. Jeanette brought the whole tour to life by relating life back then to life right now. She memorized everyone's names and got to know each one of us individually and then incorporated all of us into her stories. She was engaging to the tour group from the minute we started to the very end. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED IF YOU HAVE JEANETTE AS YOUR TOUR GUIDE!!!!!!!!!!!

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