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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

Jane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

its all about the guide! wow... awesome!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Bruno was so great. He was fun, attentive and funny. Loved the ride and sites. Everything was we explained and we had plenty of time to take it all in.

Alaina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Highlight of my trip! Everything was awesome. Tour guide, Michel was fantastic and so sweet, pausing to ask if we wanted our pics taken in cool spots. Everything we saw was awesome, loved the acqua ducts, fresh sheeps cheese! Use the electric bike- you still get exercise!

Darlene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Set your expectations to ride on both ancient and modern roads - 6 hours with breaks. Sunday's still have cars unlike what guidebooks say. The electric assist bikes really help on the few hills and if you get tired. This is not an easy ride but... well worth the effort. The tour operator is a professional organization and does their best to get you outfitted on a proper bike. The equipment s top notch. The guides are outstanding and really do their best to keep you safe. Our guide had wonderful information and made an appropriate amount of stops. Marco was great at helping us laggards keep up safely with the group. We really appreciated his good attitude.

carol k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was SPECTACULAR!!!!!!

Jodi R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing! Matteo was our guide and he took great care of all of us! He was very knowledgable and was able to answer any questions we had along the way!! I really enjoyed getting to see this side of Rome!

Beth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I flew into Rome from the US the morning of the tour already exhausted and planned this for the afternoon just to stay awake and get a good overview of the city. It was lots of fun. Glad I did it. Tour guide, Daniel, provided lots of interesting information. He was clear about instructions and was professional about keeping the group informed about what was happening next and reasonably safe, even in traffic. I loved the variety of this tour, starting in Central Rome, stopping at the Catacombs, along the Appian Way, and farmland still in the city. I chose the mountain bike, as did most of our group, over the electric bikes. The only thing the company could have done better was fitting us onto bikes. I and several others were on bikes that were too big - the seats could be lowered to an appropriate height but reach was too long and it was difficult to stop and start since the frame was too tall. Not sure if they didn't have smaller bikes or if they just didn't bother to fit us. The tour ended at 8 pm, and the staff was helpful getting me a cab back to the hotel.

Louis D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We decided to end our visit to Rome w/ the Appian Way Tour. It was a fabulous experience on the outskirts of Rome, which included a respite at a local farm for wine and cheese. Worth the price.

The folks at Top Bike are outstanding. Everyone in delightful and engaging. The equipment is first rate. The ebikes are extremely helpful. Nothing but praise for these guys.

Nicola M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

EMMANNUELLE was knowledgeable and ensured everyone got the most out of their trip. 13 yr old loved her Ebike. Great fun, saw lots of things you wouldn and #39;t on a bus trip. Thoroughly recommend this trip. Great value for money.

Sjimon d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We loved this tour from the beginning till the end!

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