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clock-o270 to 360 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

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.
  • 4.5- or 6-hour electric– assist bicycle tour along the Ancient Appian Way in Rome
  • Cycle into the Roman countryside on this 27 km (17-mile), 70% off-road ride
  • Discover Roman ruins such as the Aurelian Walls, the Circus of Maxentius and the Tomb of Caecilia Metella
  • Visit the 2nd-century San Callisto (or Saint Sebastian) catacombs and learn of Roman burial traditions (only on the 6-hour version of the tour)
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures personal attention from the guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour is a wonderful off-the-beaten-track ride, the perfect excursion out of the city center.
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 Ancient 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 ancient road,you can relax and enjoy the scenery while riding on your electric-assist bike - 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 Caracalla, the Aurelian Walls, the Circus of Maxentius, the Tomb of Caecilia Metella and the Park of the Aqueducts. Admire the rural Italian scenery, and hear stories from your guide about these centuries-old ruins. In the 6-hour version of the tour, enjoy a guided visit of the catacombs, delve inside the subterranean tunnels, 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 tour is approximately 17 miles (27 km).

Reviews

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J
, Dec 2018

Today we did a private 6hr Appian Way plus highlights bike tour with Bram. We really enjoyed the tour and everything that was included!! Bram was an excellent, highly knowledgeable, passionate, professional, a kind person and terrific tour guide. We really enjoyed his company and all that he did and told us along the way! He always put our safety first and consistently checked in on how we were doing the whole way. Once again, thank you Bram and to whom else was involved in the preparation of our tour today!!

L
, Nov 2018

My husband and I love to go on bike excursions on trips. It gets you seeing a city or countryside with a different pace, enjoying all senses. We had been to Rome seeing all the highlights once, so this tour appealed to us. The catacombs, and getting an appreciation of the layout of the city was great. We did this on a day in October with mild temperatures and sunny skies.This was a good tour, but needs some caveats. The roads in Rome are congested, which is no real surprise, but it takes good nerves to navigate initially. The Appian Way is OLD, with smooth stones, and maintaining control can be difficult. The trip also takes you over fields with uneven surfaces. The write-up does little to allude to the challenges (a small sentence suggests that we are "excellent mountain bikers"), and I would not recommend for children under 14.

K
, Nov 2018

Miriam proved to be an excellent and patient tour guide. The group was of mixed abilities but everyone bonded and had an excellent day.This was the 6 hour tour but overran but quite a bit, however Miriam remained upbeat and patient with us.The tour took in so many aspects of the Apian Way including a stop at some catacombs and a farm. We were given a lot of historical information which brought it all alive.Sadly, due to a health issue, I had to drop out towards the end of the day. As a result Miriam organised a taxi to pick the two of us up and for a couple of her colleagues to collect the bikes. I couldn't thank her enough for her support.The ebike option did make the trip a lot easier throughout the day.A trip worth taking.

B
, Oct 2018

This was probably our most favorite tour in Rome. The bikes worked great, the guide spoke English (that you could understand) and he shared some interesting facts about Rome and the aqueducts. We recommend highly!

k
, Oct 2018

One of the best parts or our time in Rome. Got to see some interesting ruins, learned some history, the Aqueducts were as incredible and impressive as anything we saw. The electric bike assist is awesome and made the trip very fun. Some of the trail is challenging but really a beautiful ride. So glad we booked this. Easily one of our favorite things in Rome .And our 2 guides were great.

C
, Sep 2018

What an amazing way to finish out trip to Italy. I can't even describe everything we saw, every time we stopped we learned something new, and saw something beautiful. Our guides, Emanuellel and Jahn ? went above and beyond! Thank you so much for a fabulous day!

D
, Sep 2018

Fabulous! Don't miss this incredible 6 hour tour away from the crowds and hustle and bustle and yet full of fascinating Roman history. This was one of my favorite experiences in Rome - the countryside. Perfect blend of riding and commentary!

m
, Sep 2018

Fantastic experience! Highly qualified guide who led us through the city to the Appian Way. Excellent activity! Highly recommend this tour.

R
, Aug 2018

Our tour guide, Lorenzo, was wonderful and knowledgeable. He was very kind and considerate of our safety while riding bikes in the busy streets. We had a fabulous time! It was one of our favorite experiences in Rome!

a
, Aug 2018

Favorite tours of all the tours I took in Rome!!!!


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