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Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Aqueducts Electric-Assist Bicycle Tour

Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Aqueducts Electric-Assist Bicycle Tour

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icon4 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
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icon4 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon4 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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. 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. Choose from a shorter or longer duration tour, based on your schedule.
  • Electric–assist bicycle tour along the ancient Appian Way in Rome
  • Cycle into the Roman countryside—suitable for those with a moderate fitness level
  • Visit the 2nd-century San Callixtus catacombs and learn of Roman burial traditions (longer 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.
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4.5-HOUR ANCIENT APPIAN WAY TOUR
Electric-assist mountain bike (or carbon mountain bike, if preferred)
Helmet
English/German/French/Spanish -speaking guide
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6-HOUR ANCIENT APPIAN WAY TOUR (6.5-hour on Wednesdays in 2020)
Electric-assist mountain bike (or carbon mountain bike, if preferred )
Helmets
English / German / French / Spanish - speaking guide
LIGHT LUNCH (morning departure) or APERITIF (afternoon departure)
GUIDED VISIT OF THE CATACOMBS
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Via Labicana, 49, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

From Metro COLOSSEUM (10 to 15 minutes) At the main exit go left, along with the sidewalk (keep the Colosseum on your right). It is easier to take the right sidewalk of the street (Piazza del Colosseo) and so you pass by the Colosseum. At the traffic light go straight on. You are now walking into Via Labicana. Continue walking straight for about 5 minutes different and you will find us at your right on number 49. From Metro MANZONI (about 10 minutes) From Metro Manzoni, you will walk into Viale Manzoni towards the center (Via Merulana). At the crossing with via Merulana you go straight on which is already Via Labicana. It is easiest to take the left sidewalk of Labicana street, since you will find us at your left at number 49.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your electric, pedal-assisted bike tour starts at a central Rome location, where you meet your guide and ride 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. (Non-electric, carbon mountain bikes are available upon request.)

Follow your guide past ancient sites like the Thermal Baths of Caracalla, the Aurelian Walls, and the Park of the Aqueducts.

Admire rural Italy, and hear stories from your guide about the centuries-old ruins. During the longer tour option, enjoy a guided tour of the catacombs and learn about ancient Roman burial traditions as you delve inside the subterranean tunnels. You also enjoy a light lunch or aperitif (depending on the time of day you've selected) under an ancient aqueduct.

Your tour concludes when you return to central Rome.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Porta San Sebastiano
Marvel at the imposing Porta di San Sebastiano, a gate in the 3rd-century defensive walls of Rome.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Via Appia Antica
Ride on the "Regina Viarum", the Queen of the Roads - an ancient highway built in the 4th century BC, stretched between Rome and Brindisi (in its initial form, about 538 km long!)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Catacombs of Saint Callixtus
In the 4.5-hour tour, a short pause to contemplate the massive burial underground, resting place to half a million souls. In the 6-hour tour, a 45-minute guided visit of these 2nd-century catacombs, in all their complexity and mystery!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Circus of Maxentius
Stop by the monumental ruins of this Imperial Villa and its adjacent Circus (a private chariot racetrack), dating from the beginning of the 4th century AD.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
The largest mausoleum ever built on the Ancient Appian Way - dedicated to a young noblewoman from the 1st century AD.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Villa dei Quintili e Santa Maria Nova
Witness the sprawling remains of this 2nd century villa, which raised the envy of Emperor Commodus.
Stop At:  
Parco degli Acquedotti
A large park criss-crossed with the arches of several ancient Aqueducts supplying Rome with water.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Terme di Caracalla
A view over the remains of one of ancient Rome's largest thermal baths.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Parco Della Caffarella
Bike through this island of countryside in the midst of the sprawling city of Rome... replete with rustic animal farms and large green pastures.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that the route of this tour includes some riding in the city (to reach the Ancient Appian Way Park, to connect it to the Aqueducts Park, and to return from it to the starting point).
  • On Wednesdays, the route includes a deviation, so the tour will be half an hour longer in 2020 (6,5 hours).
  • Infants aged 1-4 years travelling on a child seat (with load capacity of up to 55 lbs or 25 kg) come on the tour free of charge
  • For children aged 5-8 years a child extension (child streamliner) is provided
  • Children aged 9 and above can autonomously ride on an appropriately sized bike (e-bikes also available)
  • We require all customers to wear a helmet (provided for free)
  • You will cover an area of approximately 17 miles (27km), 70% of which takes place off-road. The difficulty level of this tour is intermediate.
  • Are the tours safe? The answer is: Absolutely! The tours follow carefully planned routes which have limited access to traffic, and some have no traffic at all, meaning you are able to enjoy your ride around the city in total relaxation and safety and you won't have to worry about traffic
  • Minimum of 3 participants applies (total number of participants on tour). There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is only 1 or 2 passengers on the tour. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative for your tour or full refund.
  • On Easter Sunday (April 17, 2022), the Catacombs are closed (therefore, the 6-hour tour will NOT include a visit of the Catacombs); on the other hand, the light lunch/aperitif (according to the option chosen) on this day will include an extra course.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY TopBike Rental and Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Aqueducts Electric-Assist Bicycle Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Aqueducts Electric-Assist Bicycle Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Aqueducts Electric-Assist Bicycle Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Aqueducts Electric-Assist Bicycle Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Be aware that the road conditions are rather rough terrain." See review
  • "There are frequent stops and plenty of water along the way." See review
  • "The Appian Way is OLD, with smooth stones, and maintaining control can be difficult." See review

Reviews

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Great Guide and Great Experience
Cameron_C
, Mar 2020
This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Rome. What a great experience! My wife and I took our boys 10 and 12 on this tour and it was by far their favorite part of the trip. You get to see some great sites outside the city and learn a lot on the way. Alessandro was a great guide that really went above and beyond and even took us a different route back to the office to get a few more sites in. I highly recommend this tour for anyone going to Rome
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello! Thank you so much for the wonderful recommendation and review! What a pleasure to read your Appian Way Bike Tour was among the highlights of your trip to Rome. We're happy to learn you enjoyed your time with our great guide Alessandro and we hope to see you and your family again on one of our tours! Best wishes, Carmen - TopBike Rental & Tours
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Really special
Mary
, Feb 2020
A wonderful time! Our guide, Myrice, was just great -- keeping the bunch of us together and pacing things to match the needs and preferences of the group. I am certainly not as athletic as my husband or our 2 teenaged sons or as some other others on the trip, but with the electric assist bike and the with Myrice's good guidance, I got into it really easily. People who are looking for a greater athletic challenge could just turn off the electric assist, I suppose. Anyway, this bike ride a special, off-the-beaten track experience. Great for families. Beautiful!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello Mary, thank you for leaving us this beautiful review. We are so happy to learn you and the whole family enjoyed their Appian Way Bike Tour with us! And we definitely agree on Myrice being a great and considerate guide ;) We hope to see you and your family again one day for a ride! Best wishes, Carmen - TopBike Rental & Tours
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Wonderful
Dewi_W
, Feb 2020
Great tour along the Apian Way. Glad we did this. Our tour guide was a professor of history and incredibly knowledgable. Nice company with other cyclists and relaxed lunch. Highlight were the aquaducts. Interesting mix old old and new. I feel I know Rome better now. Definitely recommend this to friends. Well done.Bikes were easy to use and powerful.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Dewi_W, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us this great review and recommendation! We're very happy to read you enjoyed your Appian Way Bike Tour with us on our electric bikes. And it sounds like you had our great colleague Jos as your guide: his knowledge of Roman history is quite impressive indeed ;) We hope to have you riding with us again on your next visit to Rome! best wishes, Carmen
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A wonderful bicycle tour in a completely different part of Rome with a fantastic guide
rudy_vdb
, Feb 2020
Explore another part of Rome in a very pleasant way. It was a nice trip through a lesser known part of Rome on high-quality e-bikes. Our guide was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and he gave his explanation in a very entertaining way.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Rudy, Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad you noticed the quality of our bikes, but we are above all happy you enjoyed your experience with us. See you again soon :-) Mathieu
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Very enjoyable
Sally_C
, Feb 2020
Tour was amazing! Loved the bike ride, 70% off roads, so peaceful and safe. Only slight let down was we cycled past a lot of ancient ruins, which we didn't get any info on, and although this would have increased the length of the tour, even just a few snippets would have been quite nice.
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Lovely cycle trip out of Rome
Julie_H
, Feb 2020
What a fantastic trip. It is really easy to use the electric bikes, even for non-cyclists like one of our group. We were recommended by a friend before we went to Rome, and so we are glad we took their advice. Very interesting to see away from the hustle bustle of the city
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Julie, Thank you for your nice words. We are happy to read we were recommended by a friend of yours and do hope you will do the same :-) We thank you once again for sharing this experience with us. Mathieu
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Fantastic tour on the Appian Way
pmunt
, Jan 2020
Fantastic morning on the Appian Way and aqueducts. Great bikes, excellent itinerary and great guide who kept us entertained. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Pmunt, Thank you for this review! We appreciate it a lot you took the time to write this. We are also very happy to read you had a fantastic morning riding our Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts tour with our quality mountain bikes. Our itineraries are studied very well to optimize the safety of our clients and to enjoy the sites you visit the best way possible. We are glad you found it Excellent. We hope to have you with us the next time in Rome! With kind regards, Mies
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Best Guided Tour In Rome
SHollis3863
, Jan 2020
What a great way to see some parts of the city and it's history that you may otherwise miss. Our guide Luccio was patient and knowledgeable and set a comfortable pace for the group. The electrically assisted bikes made the riding relatively easy, even for inexperienced cyclists.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear SHollis, Thank you for this wonderful review of your experience on our e-bike tour of the Appian Way! We agree with you that it would be a real shame to miss out on this beautiful and peaceful part of Rome; and the e-bikes make it a lot more easy and comfortable indeed. We are also very happy to read your positive feedback for our guide Lucio. We are very lucky to have Lucio in our dedicated team of expert guides. We hope to welcome you again on one of our tours in the future! best wishes from Rome, Carmen
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Fantastic!!
Nomad34543728811
, Dec 2019
We had the very best time on our 6 hour tour yesterday! We booked our tour for 7 people and had the tour guide all to ourselves with Lucia (not sure of spelling) - he was brilliant and patient and so knowledgable. Our group had young and old but we were all able to manage the ride and we loved getting to see a whole other side of Rome, literally off the beaten track. We also loved our not so 'light lunch' and the hostess was extremely hospitable. Loved this very much and will recommend to all who visit Rome!!
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bicycle tour of the Appian way
RachelandLaurent
, Dec 2019
Myself and my mother really enjoyed the bicycle tour of the Appian way. The electric bikes were comfortable and easy to use. Our guide Allessandro was very nice and extremely knowledgeable. We had a lovely relaxing day out and saw a side of Rome we would never seen otherwise. To be recommended!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Rachel, Thank you so much for your positive review. We are happy and proud we succeeded in offering you a pleasurable bike tour with us. We hope you come back to us the next time you are in Rome, for another bike ride! With kind regards, Mies
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