Appian Way Tour: Aurelian Wall, Catacombs, Circus of Maxentius

Walking & Biking Tours in Rome

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Explore rural Italy and discover ancient Roman ruins on this 6-hour Ancient Appian Way, catacombs and Roman Aqueducts electric-assist bicycle tour. Cycle on the Ancient Appian Way with an electric-assist bike with your guide. Marvel at Roman ruins such as the Aurelian Walls, the Circus of Maxentius, Caracalla's thermal baths and the Tomb of Caecilia Metella. Delve deep into the 2nd-century San Callisto catacombs (only in the 6-hour version of the tour) to learn of Roman burial traditions and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people. This tour comes in two variants: a shorter 4.5-hour version and a longer 6-hour one. The two variants are identical in itinerary, but differ in their inclusions. For more info please check the Important info section.
Meet your guide in central Rome in the morning or afternoon (depending on option chosen). Then, travel into the surrounding countryside to the start of the Ancient Appian Way. Construction of the road began  in 312 BC to link Rome to Apulia in southern Italy, and it soon became one of the most important roads in the Roman Republic. On arrival, hop onto your electric-assist bicycle (regular bikes are available if you prefer) and head deeper into the countryside with your guide. Take in top attractions such as the Caracalla's thermal baths, the Aurelian Walls, the Circus of Maxentius, the Tomb of Caecilia Metella and the Caffarella Park. Enjoy panoramic views over rural Italy and listen as your guide sheds light on the many ancient sights you visit. Stop at the San Callisto catacombs (only in the 6-hour version of the tour) — built in the 2nd century and named after the deacon St Callixtus — and explore the underground tunnels with your guide. Learn of their fascinating history and gain insight into ancient Roman burial traditions. After cycling  along the Appian Way and the Aqueducts Park, travel back to central Rome to conclude your tour which is approximately 17 miles (27 km).

What’s included

  • 6h Appian Way tour
  • Guided visit of the Catacombs of S. Callisto or Saint Sebastian (Except on Easter day - see Additional Info)
  • Aperitif in Caffarella Park
  • Electric-assist mountain bike or carbon mountain bike, according to your best preference
  • Helmet
  • Rain coat (if necessary)
  • Local guide
  • 4.5h Appian Way tour
  • Electric-assist mountain bike or carbon mountain bike, according to your best preference
  • Helmet
  • Rain coat (if necessary)
  • Local guide

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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