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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. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people.


  • 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, for which you ride an excellent mountain bike, either carbon or electric. 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).

Customer Reviews

Frank K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour - and Ambra as a guide - was amazing. It is so nice to be able to walk... eh, cycle... on historic ground, in a beautiful landscape. Our group was quite small - me and my girlfriend and a couple from Scotland plus the guide, Ambra, and we had a lovely day biking down the Appian Way, visiting the catacomb of Saint Sebastian, and looking at immense aqueducts, and finally stopping for some great pecorino cheese and home baked bread at a farm before going back to the city. This is a must-experience in my opinion.

Lynette T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What an excellent way to spend the day in Rome. We got so much more than expected from this tour. The weather was perfect for riding. Our guide was entertaining and knowledgable. The stop at the farmhouse was also entertaining. I would do this tour again.

George K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I did enjoy the tour but feel that it would be more enjoyable had I been a more experienced bike rider. I think that I struggled a bit to keep up in the Rome traffic and held up the group who were much more capable than me on the bike

Ron M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great guide and the electric bikes were amazing. All the sites were noteworthy with the catacombs being awesome.

Ossian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016


James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was one of the highlights of my trip to Rome. The guide was fantastic. Was able to see so much of Rome on the bike that otherwise I would have missed. Highly recommend.

Jane N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our bike ride was the high point of our trip to Rome, and even though it rained, it still didn't spoil our enthusiasm. Emmanuelle was an caring and excellent guide. We highly recommend this experience. The route, the catacombs, and acquaducts, and the Ancient Appian Way will not disappoint!

Amanda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Totally different sort of trip. Bikes are excellent and we were often the only ones on the Appian Way. We'll worth doing if you want a unique experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

best bike tour ever!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was one of the highlights of our trip. My daughter, granddaughter and I all loved it. And thank you Federico for being such a wonderful and patient guide! All 3 of us will be talking about this experience to friends and family for years to come.

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