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Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

1. Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

Uncover the secrets hidden the dark depths of the the Domitilla catacombs on this guided tour in Rome. Enjoy the convenience of a transfer from a centrally-located meeting point in the city. Learn about early Christian history and see the underground Basilica of Nereus. Meet your guide in the city center and head towards the Appian Way in a comfortable minivan. Reach one of the largest and oldest catacombs of Rome and venture 52 feet (16 meters) below the surface into the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla. Explore its endless maze of underground burial chambers, spread across 4 levels. Be captivated by ancient wall paintings of mythological and biblical figures and discover the religious symbolism of the frescoes. Learn about the shift from paganism to Christianity and hear about early martyrs and persecutions. Live the excitement of gradually exploring different layers of history. Complete your underworld experience in the 4th-century subterranean Basilica of Nereus and Achilleus. Then jump back in the minivan return to the city center.

Rome: Catacombs and Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Transfer

2. Rome: Catacombs and Capuchin Crypt Guided Tour with Transfer

Uncover what lies below the surface and discover 3 of Rome's most significant archeological sites, the Capuchin Crypts, the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, and the Appian Way. Enjoy the comfort of skip-the-line entry and airconditioned transport throughout the tour. Begin your day by meeting your guide near Piazza Barberini, where this bone-chilling adventure will start. Kick off your tour with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt where your guide will introduce you to the remarkable history of what is believed to be the Capuchin Friars. Head to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and admire the cemeteries from ground level before descending into the extensive underground catacombs. Learn about the martyrs and pontiffs laid to rest here, admire impeccably preserved paintings, and see the crypts of 3rd-century popes. On your way back to Rome, pass by the impressive Aurelian Wall and take the opportunity to set foot on the Appian Way, a vital artery during the time of the Roman Empire.

Rome: Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs Option E-Bike Tour

3. Rome: Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs Option E-Bike Tour

Indulge in all things Ancient Roman on this Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs, and Park of the Aqueducts E-bike tour. Ride through the Roman countryside, discover the engineering genius of the ancient Romans, and delve into the early Christian history that shaped the world to come. Meet your guide and leave the city through St. Sebastian's gate in the Aurelian Walls, and enter the Ancient Appian Way - a 2,400-year old thoroughfare that tells the story of Rome's rise, golden age, and decline. In the 6-hour version of the tour, make a stop underground at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus (or St. Sebastian) for a guided visit through its crypts and corridors (the 4-hour version of the tour will include an outdoor stop in the Catacombs area). Next, cycle further on the Appian Way, passing mausoleums, tombstones, and sprawling villas of ancient aristocracy. Finally, head to the Park of the Aqueducts, where stretches of colossal arches rise against the warm afternoon light. After following these aqueducts back to modern civilization, cross the green Caffarella Valley. At its exit, you will begin your short ride back to the starting point - but not without one last highlight.

Rome: Appian Way Sunset E-Bike Tour w/ Catacombs & Aperitif

4. Rome: Appian Way Sunset E-Bike Tour w/ Catacombs & Aperitif

Cycle through the countryside of Rome and enjoy its most well preserved landscape as the sun sets over the hills. Our bike depot near the Circus Maximum is the best place to reach the Appian Way and the countryside of Rome since its the closest point to get there without having to cycle through the city traffic. From the start of your tour you will be cycling through bike lanes and country paths, with the exception of one short section on open road with traffic. Take a guided tour with a priest from the best preserved of Romes catacombs, the Catacombs of St. Callisto (unless closed in which case we visit St. Sebastian) after just a few minutes of starting. They will take you underground to visit the site where the Christians of the first 3 centuries after Christs death met and prayed together, digging out a maze of tunnels and chambers where they buried their dead in christian doctrine. Continue to the first section of the Appian Way and see the original paving stones, huge blocks of rock cut from the ground and used to pave the Roman Empires most important road. Cycling across these blocks and along the dirt paths and trails towards the Park of the Aqueducts approximately 5 kilometers away. Cycle through this beauty of Rome as the sun sets and casts a golden color over the huge blocks of stone that were used to build the ancient worlds most extensive system of water supply: The Park of the Aqueducts. Marvel at the engineering of the ancient Romans as the sun sets over the countryside, making it all more speculator. Cycle alongside these huge structures as we make our way back towards the start, passing by the Cafarella Valley. Stop for a drink at an exclusive location nestled alongside ancient tombs in the Appia Antica Park in the Cafarella Valley before we reach our starting point and finish your experience back at the Circus Maximus.

Rome:Appian Way E-bike Tour with Catacombs, Aqueducts & Food

5. Rome:Appian Way E-bike Tour with Catacombs, Aqueducts & Food

Your adventure begins close to the Colosseo, the most beautiful district of Rome, the Celio. Step one is getting accustomed to your e-bike before hitting the road. The journey outside city center starts with views of the Coliseum, close to the Terme di Caracalla and the Appian way. After exiting the imperial city through the Aurelian Walls you will ride along the original cobblestones of via Appia Antica, the road that made Rome great. Historic landmarks along the way include the the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, the Villa of Massenzio, and the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. The tour includes a guided visit of the Catacombs, then it's time to reach the ancient Roman water lines of the Parco degli Acquedotti and Parco di Tor Fiscale. Your experience continues with a grilled meal in the shade of a water spring beloved by modern-day citizens of Rome. After lunch, time to head back through the Caffarella Valley with its stunning Ninfeo di Egeria.

Rome Explorer PASS with Tickets to top 45+ Attractions

6. Rome Explorer PASS with Tickets to top 45+ Attractions

Save up to 50%* on Rome experiences with Go City's Rome Explorer Pass. Choose from 2 to 7 attractions, experiences and tours from a list of over 45 popular activities. With a full 60 days validity, you can explore Rome at your own pace - there's no need to rush. Visit the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, enjoy a pizza dinner in the Prati District, go to a classical music concert, bike ride among ancient Roman ruins, and experience the best Rome has to offer. Avoid the hassle of buying individual attraction tickets. With your pass, everything is right on your phone. Get a digital guide packed with attraction information and instructions on booking your visits. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 Rome and Vatican attractions or activities from the following: Cultural and Historical Sights • Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with audio tour, hosted entry, and multimedia video (R) • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - reserved entrance (R) • Castel Sant' Angelo with audio guide (R) • Capitolini Museum with hosted entry (R) • Altar of the Fatherland Panoramic View (R) • St. Peter's Basilica and Cupola Guided Tour (R) • Pantheon: Reserved Entrance with Audio Guide Other Tours and Experiences • Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off 1-Day Classic Tour • Rome Catacombs Tour including transfer (R) • Piazza Navona Underground • Rome Highlights Tour With Pantheon and Trevi Fountain (R) • Papal Audience (R) • Rome Ghost and Mystery Tour (R) • Bike rental with Caracalla Baths (R) • Ancient Via Appia Antica by Bike • The Three Tenors in Concert with Ballet - St. Paul's Church • Museo delle Cere (Wax Museum) • Welcome to Rome Show • Leonardo Da Vinci Experience • Vivaldi's Four Seasons Meets Bach's Masterpieces • Trevi District Underground: Small Aqueduct Domus (R) • Vigamus - Video Game Museum • Empresses, Emperors and Courtesans Tour (R) • Cinecittà World • Roma World • Sunset pizza tour near the Colosseum Food and Drink • Wine tasting with a certified sommelier near the Colosseum • Hard Rock Café Rome - Skip the Line • Pizza terrace dinner in the Prati District (R) • Spritz and salad menu near the Vatican • Vero Food Best Italian pancakes in Rome • Italian Pancake breakfast at Vero Food (near Vatican) • Healthy and Fresh Food Break in the City Center • 1-hour pizza cooking experience • Pasta Class (R) Reservations required. Follow the instructions on the digital guide for each attraction or tour. *Savings based on sample itineraries on Go City website.

Rome: Appian Way E-bike Tour Catacombs, Aqueducts & Lunch

7. Rome: Appian Way E-bike Tour Catacombs, Aqueducts & Lunch

Avoid having to cycle through the city by starting from our bike depot near the Circus Maximus, reaching the countryside within minutes. Once outside the city walls having exited through the ancient Roman Gate of St Sebastain, we will take you along the Via Appia Antica. Here you can see the remains of the Roman Empire buried in the countryside; cycling past pagan tombs, Roman villas and ancient race tracks. Arrive at the Catacombs in time for a multilingual tour, where a guide is waiting to take you to see this underground labyrinth of tunnels and chambers dug into the rock. Further away is the Park of the Aqueducts with the remains of 6 of Romes 11 aqueducts still standing. Arrive here for approximately midday and after a short break with panoramic views of the aqueducts and Rome's countryside, we start our return. On the way back into Rome, we will stop for a delicious lunch of fresh pasta with salad and wine at a natural spring. Sit in the shade of the eucalyptus trees for a taste of authentic Italian living. Most of the terrain is off-road and requires a certain level of ability. Participants need to be able to cycle unaided, although we have solutions for young children such as tag along and cargo bikes.

Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

8. Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

Train to be a gladiator at a school in Rome! Go back to school, but a school with a difference! Take this fun 2-hour course at a gladiator school on the ancient Via Appia in Rome, and learn to be a Roman fighter. Suitable for children and adults both, you will live like a warrior for 2 hours, wearing the gladiator tunic and mastering the skills of swordplay – safely of course. After an introduction to Roman history, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial swords fighting. Each session includes a description of life as a gladiator and top tips on techniques with Roman weapons. Enjoy a unique experience!

Appia Antica: Full Day Bike Rental with Customizable Routes

9. Appia Antica: Full Day Bike Rental with Customizable Routes

Make the most of your time in Rome by getting into off the beaten path on a bike ride through Appian Way Regional Park. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and stop when you want at the highlights of the Appian Way.  Discover one of the most beautiful protected areas in Rome far away from hustle and bustle of the city. Bike along safe paths in the Appia Antica Park and see the sighs from this perspective or travel along original cobblestones at your own pace.

Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

10. Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 4-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which includes the option to visit the Aqueducts Park or the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

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We had an excellent tour with Iman and our electric bike rode to the outer parts of Rome city. It was nice to get away from the tourist city centre and to ride around the surrounding countryside and hear stories of battles and triumphs. Our guide told all sorts of interesting facts and was a great host. We especially liked the aqueducts and of course, lunch! Highly recommend this to anyone.

We were a family of 5, mum, dad and 3 teenagers. We had the guide Iman to our selves. Great guide. It was a fine guiding through the katakombes, an great to see the aquedukts. It was lovely to see the contryside of Rome, an beautiful to sit out at the marked to eat a lovely Italian lunch. Can recommend this trip!

The guide was knowledgeable and friendly, the historical value of this tour perfect. As a person who is extremely interested in ancient Roman history, Gia’s knowledge was very good, so approachable, warm and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour it is one not to be missed.

Brilliant tour! The whole family loved it. Really well paced tour. 80% riding on traffic free or (v quiet) roads. Richard was a great guide. Recommended.

Fiona is so knowledgeable and adds quite a bit of extra information about Rome. It’s inspiring to see someone so passionate about their work.