Appian Way and the Aurelian Wall Tours

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The Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) was the first and most important Imperial Roman road, stretching from Rome to Brindisi. The cobblestone road—built in the fourth century BC to transport supplies and soldiers to strategic points throughout the Roman Empire—still exists today, lined with archaeological sites and impressive ruins.

The Basics
Named for architect Appius Claudius Caecus, the Via Appia Antica was one of Rome’s main highways for centuries. As the empire began its decline in the third century and Rome experienced barbarian attacks, the Aurelian Wall was erected around the city’s seven hills for protection. This defensive wall had a number of gates, including Porta Appia (Porta San Sebastiano), which today contains a museum about the Aurelian Wall.

A guided walking or bike tour down the Appian Way from the Aurelian Wall through the Ancient Appian Way Regional Park and Caffarella Park is the perfect way to explore this historic road and the ancient sites along its route through the Roman countryside. Appian Way tours include stops at sites like the thermal baths of Caracalla, the early Christian San Callisto Catacombs, the Circus of Maxentius, the tomb of Caecilia Metella, and the ancient Roman aqueducts. You can also join a guided small-group bus tour to explore the ancient road from central Rome.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you are joining a hiking or cycling tour, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Via Appia Antica and sites along its route are all open-air, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
  • Some of the archaeological sites along the route require an entrance fee.

How to Get There
Metro line A has a stop at Parco Appia Antica, close to the entrance for Via Appia Park. 

When to Get There
The Appian Way and its sights are almost entirely outside, so it’s best to visit in the spring and fall when the weather is mild. It takes anywhere from a few hours to an entire day to explore the route on foot or bike, so plan on setting off in the morning.

Parco Regionale della Via Appia Antica
The initial stretch of the Appian Way, just outside Rome’s city center, is part of a regional park, and many of the archaeological sites along the route are located within the park’s confines. 
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Address: Via Appia Antica, Italy
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Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Aqueducts Electric-assist Bicycle 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-assist bicycle tour to the Ancient Appian Way. You’ll check out the ruins of the Aurelian Walls, the thermal Baths of Caracalla and the ancient Roman aqueducts, all the while enjoying the countryside scenery without putting in too much effort. This small-group tour (limited to 10 people) comes in two variants: a shorter 4.5-hour version and a longer six-hour one. The two variants are identical in itinerary, but differ in their inclusions. For more info please check the Important info section.
  • Duration: 4.5 to 6 hrs
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$67.90 USD
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Half-Day St Sebastian Catacombs and Appian Way Tour

Venture beneath the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) in Rome to see the catacombs of St Sebastian with a knowledgeable guide. During this 3-hour tour, you’ll walk along one of the most historic roads of ancient Rome to discover the ancient underground cemeteries, along with the aqueducts of Appian Park. Your small-group tour is limited to no more than 13 participants in order to offer a more intimate experience. Ride in air-conditioned comfort round-trip from central Rome to the Basilica of St Sebastian.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$74.80 USD
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Roman Countryside Food and Wine Tasting from Rome

Escape the urban bustle for a day on this 6-hour culinary tour of the Roman countryside. Travel along the ancient Appian Way through historic villages like Castel Gandolfo, Nemi and Frascati, stopping at vineyards and other gourmet destinations to indulge in local flavors. Taste excellent regional wines, specialty products like ‘porchetta,’ fresh-baked biscuits and creamy gelato while your guide shares insight into the history and culture of the beautiful landscape.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$147.30 USD
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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

Explore the highlights of early Christian Rome with this exciting 3-hour afternoon walking tour via foot and coach.  Led by a knowledgeable driver-guide, get an insider's view of the Eternal City and its Christian history. Stops include the Basilica of Sant Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. And then go underground by checking out the intriguing catacombs, an early Christian burial spot just outside of the city at the Appian Way.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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3-Hour Rome Small-Group Sightseeing Tour by Vintage Vespa

When in Rome, travel like a Roman aboard a vintage Vespa on this 3-hour tour. Hop aboard your classic scooter and follow your guide on a scenic route around the Aurelian Walls, along the Tiber riverfront, and out to explore the ancient ruins of the Appian Way and the idyllic Orange Garden of Aventine Hill.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bike Rental: Appia Antica Regional Park in Rome

Cruise through Rome on two wheels with this cycle through the Appia Antica Regional Park. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and cover ground quickly as you explore the bicycle trails of this ancient highway, home to several historic landmarks including the Villa of Massenzio. Helmets and locks are included.  
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Day Trip to Rome Countryside including Nemi, Frascati, Castelgandolfo

Enjoy a scenic and relaxing trip to Roman countryside in this comfortable and customizable private tour, with private roundtrip transportation from your centrally located hotel in Rome, and a knowledgeable & enthusiastic driver to lead the way. Plenty of photo opportunities along the route as we visit Nemi, Ariccia, Castelgandolfo and Frascati.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$552.39 USD
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour

Go underground to see Rome’s ancient catacombs and crypts on a 3.5-hour walking tour. Visit the Domitilla Catacomb and Basilica of San Clemente with skip-the-line access, plus visit the Capuchin Crypt, where you’ll see a Caravaggio painting and marvel at a chapel made entirely out of human bones. Learn about past burial customs and secret Christian worship spots during this fascinating exploration into the history of Rome.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rome by Vintage Vespa: Classic Rome Tour

Zip through the bustling streets of Rome as the Romans do — on a Vespa! Hang on for the ride as your private driver and guide whisks you around on a vintage scooter for an exciting half-day tour of Eternal City highlights. Wind through traffic circles and mazelike streets, easily hopping off for a closer look at Imperial monuments and baroque piazzas. Learn about the history of Rome, from ancient emperors to the modern metropolis, and get an insider’s glimpse at some of the city’s best-kept secrets.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

Experience the Roman countryside on this 3-hour tour that combines travel by vehicle and walking. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll explore the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica), an ancient road that leads out of the city. Visit the fascinating Catacombs of San Sebastiano or San Callisto, where you’ll walk through underground tunnels, and be wowed by the sophisticated engineering of the Roman aqueducts.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Christianity in the Ancient Rome Private Tour

Explore some of the history of Christianity in Ancient Rome on this private tour to some of the city’s many churches. Learn about the time that St Peter and St Paul spent in Rome, including their imprisonment during the reign of Roman Emperor Nero; visit the Basilica of St Sabina, an early Christian landmark; and see the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Tour of Underground Rome Including Crypts and Catacombs

See the darker side of Rome on this 3.5-hour private tour to the Appian Way, the Catacomb of San Callisto, and the Basilica of San Clemente. You'll also see the 'Bone Church,' where the skulls of Capuchin friars cover the walls. The tour ends at Piazza Barberini; hotel pickup is included but not drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City

Attend a Papal Audience with Pope Francis I at the Vatican! Tickets may be free but they are extremely hard to come by, so booking in advance is essential. By booking ahead, you're ensuring you won't waste any time trying to get tickets while you're on vacation in the Eternal City. 
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Christianity in ancient Rome Private Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia port

Dig into the fascinating history of Christianity in ancient Rome with this private 9 hour shore excursion from the port of Civitavecchia to the Eternal City. Visit the places where everything started. Learn what St. Peter and St. Paul did when they were in Rome, where Christians were buried when the religion was prohibited, and how Christianity eventually triumphed.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Rome Off the Beaten Path, Including Appian Way Aqueducts and Jewish Ghetto

Uncover the secret side of Rome as you venture off the tourist trail on this 3.5-hour tour. Stroll the streets of the historic Jewish Ghetto, peek inside the gigantic Circus Maximus and follow part of the Ancient Roman Appian Way. Then, explore little-known historic sites like the Park of the Aqueducts and the Baths of Caracalla; look out over the city from Janiculum Hill and enjoy a unique view of St. Peter’s dome. This small-group tour is limited to 15, ensuring a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rome Sightseeing by Antique Tram Including Wine

It’s party time! Ride a vintage tram through Rome and watch a live band belt out songs by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and more. With free-flowing wine included, the tram tour follows a route around several of the city’s must-see sights and includes a stop to dance outside the ancient Colosseum. Dig out your favorite 1970s outfit to wear on board, or just come dressed to dance.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Discover Castelli Romani from Rome: Half-Day Tour Frascati and Castel Gandolfo

Escape the heat and hustle of Rome with a half-day trip around the hill towns of Castelli Romani. Visit Lake Albano, Rocca di Papa, Castel Gandolfo, Grottaferrata and Frascati, and sample locally-made wine while learning about wine production in the area. This half-day tour is an excellent opportunity to see an untrammeled swath of the Roman countryside while learning about the history of the area from your local guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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3-hour Bike Tour: Appian Way in Rome

Venture outside the city center to explore some of Rome’s lesser-known but most impressive imperial attractions on this 3-hour bike tour. Cycle along the legendary Appian Way, an ancient military road that winds through the countryside and connects Rome with the coastal city of Brindisi.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full Day Vatican Museums and Underground Tour in Rome

Discover Rome’s history on a full-day tour to Vatican City and the catacombs. Begin at the Vatican with a skip-the-line ticket to visit the museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica where you can find works of art by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and more. Then head underground to explore the ancient Roman catacombs and other Christian landmarks such as the Cathedral of Rome and the Holy Staircase.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$168.02 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome

Explore five of Rome’s major basilicas with an option to visit the Catacombs ancient burial site, on this seven-hour private tour including transportation from your Rome hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the Eternal City’s St. Paul Outside the Walls, Santa Maria Maggiore, St. John Lateran, Holy Cross in Jerusalem, and Church of Domine Quo Vadis, learning from your private guide about their design and the relics, including from the Passion of Jesus, housed inside their ornate chambers.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome

Get a comprehensive overview of Rome's basilicas on this 7-hour private tour. Visit important sites in religious history such as St John in Latheran, the Holy Cross in Jerusalem and the Church Quo Vadis. Take advantage of the flexibility and personal attention that comes with booking a private tour; be sure to let your guide know if there are any sites you are particularly interested in. Round-trip private transportation from your Rome accommodation is included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Ancient Appian Way and Roman Countryside Bike Tour with Dutch-Speaking Guide

Venture off-the-beaten-track in Rome on this 6-hour bike tour, led by a Dutch-speaking guide. Journey back to Ancient Rome as you explore little-visited ruins, cycle along part of the ancient Appian Way and marvel at ancient wonders like the Circus of Maxentius, Aqueduct Park and Trajan's Thermal baths. Then, pedal along the country trails of Caffarella Park and stop to refuel with a traditional aperitif.
  • Duration: 4.5 to 6 hrs
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$49.48 USD
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Self Drive Tour of Rome and Roman Castels in Classic Auto from Rome in full day with lunch

Get the best view of Rome while driving a gleaming Italian car of the 60s and 70s.Enjoy the eternal city of Rome in slow drive and the extremely scenic landscape of the surrounding Roman Castles.Typical light lunch will be includedOur staff will escort you during the experience and look after the car during the scheduled breaks.If requested you can have a driver for the car with no extra cost
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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$230.16 USD
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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