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

1. 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: Catacombs of St. Sebastian Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

2. Rome: Catacombs of St. Sebastian Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

The place where the Catacomb of San Sebastiano stands was in ancient times a deep depression, used as a pozzolana quarry and called ad catacumbas (or “near the cavities”), a name that has become synonymous with an underground cemetery. Since the first century, the site has been intensely exploited and built: the underground galleries were reused to obtain burial niches, on the surface, however, several columbaria were built and at least two residential systems (the so-called small villa and large villa) equipped with remarkable pictorial wall decorations. Around the middle of the second century, the bottom of the valley was buried to create a pitch, on one side of which three mausoleums were built in succession (by Clodius Hermes, by the Innocentiores, by the Ax). A further burial of the area was made to give space to the construction of the triclia, a portico bordered by a wall on which numerous graffiti invocations addressed to the SS. Peter and Paul, who were venerated together in this place around 250. On the site, then, the emperor Constantine (306-337) had a basilica in the shape of a Roman circus (called "circiforme"). Meanwhile, already in the third century, the catacomb that housed the tombs of the martyrs Sebastian and Eutichio began to develop underground.

Rome: After-Hours Catacombs Tour with Bone Crypt Entry

3. Rome: After-Hours Catacombs Tour with Bone Crypt Entry

Start your tour at St. Mary of Eulogies and the Dead Church to explore the ancient burial site below the church recently re-opened after seven years of restoration. You'll meet a nun inside the church who will escort you down a short staircase into the bone crypt, decorated with the skulls and bones of abandoned corpses. Both a shocking and fascinating sight, the bone crypt is truly understood with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Before entering, your expert guide will explain the early Christians' interesting beliefs on life and death, which motivated the creation of such a macabre memorial. Afterwards, hop on a private bus and travel outside the city to the Roman Catacombs as visitors are dispersing for the evening. It's then—as the doors officially close to the public—that you and your small group will step inside for a VIP visit like no other... The bodies might be gone, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel a thrill of excitement as you become one of the first people to descend into the Catacombs after closing since the era of Imperial Rome. And because you’ll be there outside normal opening hours, you’ll have the passageways to yourself and won’t have any trouble hearing your expert Catacombs guide as they divulge the dark stories of the birth of Christianity. Learn why the Romans chose to take their burials “off site” and discover some of the most intriguing artifacts and decorations that adorn the tombs with the help of a dedicated, expert Catacombs guide. Following your fascinating VIP visit you’ll have time to reflect on all you’ve learned with your guide as you hop on a private, air-conditioned minibus and head back to central Rome. Don't be shy about asking questions! This special VIP experience of Rome’s most interesting burial sites will no doubt leave a lasting impression—and one you’ll likely meditate on for years to come!

Rome: Appian Way Underground and Catacombs E-Bike Tour

4. Rome: Appian Way Underground and Catacombs E-Bike Tour

Uncover Rome's Hidden Gems with the San Callisto Catacombs and Appian Way Bike Tour It’s time to go under the ancient city and have a different Roman story to tell your friends and family. Not many places in Rome are off the beaten track so we’re going underground to witness the wonders of the Ancient Appian way. This thrilling site is something that you would have never seen before- nature, art and history converge at their best. The epitome of Rome! The Aurelian Walls will pave the way to the most exciting tour our company will offer to its guests. Appian Way Regional Park: Where Nature, Art, and History Converge Experience the epitome of Rome as you ride our professional electric bikes through the lush meadows and captivating archaeological sites of the Ancient Appian Way, like the Regional Park! The Aurelian Walls set the stage for an unforgettable adventure, showcasing the best of Rome's nature, art, and history. Discover the secrets of the Roman quarry Descend 40 feet through a Roman quarry and uncover a story that has remained hidden for centuries. We will tell you a story which has remained untold for a long time. Quiet yet fascinating galleries which once hosted ancient roman catacombs were later turned into air raid shelters during the World War ll; Without our tour, you wouldn't have the chance to witness these incredible and exclusive sites! Delve into the Secrets of the San Callisto Catacombs The catacombs of San Callisto are part of the so-called Callistian complex, an area of about 30 hectares between the Via Appia Antica, the Via Ardeatina and the Via delle Sette Chiese, in Rome, which houses various funerary areas and catacombs The catacombs arose towards the end of the 2nd century, with some private Christian hypogea and a funerary area directly dependent on the Roman church. They take their name from the deacon Callisto I, appointed by Pope Zephyrinus to administer the cemetery itself. Having in turn ascended the papal throne, Pope Callistus I enlarged the funerary complex, which soon became the official one of the Church.

Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

5. Catacomb of St. Callixtus and Appian Way: Guided Tour

Traveling by bus and on foot, this 3-hour guided tour takes you beyond the city walls of Rome, through the ancient tunnels of the city’s catacombs. You will travel along the rustic Appian Way, and under the arches of the aqueducts of antiquity. Constructed nearly 2,000 years ago as the burial chambers for early Christians, the catacombs reveal burial niches, mosaics, and sarcophagi, as well as ancient religious drawings While in San Callisto, explore the Crypt of the Popes, and view some of the very earliest Christian art. As Christianity became more popular in Rome, it became necessary to find a system for the burial of large of numbers of people, the majority of whom lacked money to pay for elaborate tombs and mausoleums. The solution was found in the friable tufa rock around the city. From the 2nd through to the 5th-Centuries, 60 catacomb complexes were dug, each occupying several layers, and 2 of which were designated for Jews. Out of the total number of catacombs, 5 of the Christian complexes regularly open to the public, giving you a unique perspective on Ancient Rome, in an environment that you will never see in the city center.

Rome: Appian Way Golf Cart Charter with Driver

6. Rome: Appian Way Golf Cart Charter with Driver

Discover the Appian Way Regional park on a golf cart! Duration: You can rent the golf cart for 2, 3, 4 hours. Please note: the golf cart can follow few routes inside the Park but is not possible to ride on the longest cobblestones stretches Description: you will rent the golf cart with our driver. You have to reserve at least for 2 hours in any case. More details: It is not possible to carry wheelchair on the golf cart, the passenger will be accompanied by the you can leave it in our tourist information office. You can not hire our golf cart on your own, but just with the driver.

Rome: Catacombs Guided Tour with Entry Ticket and Transfer

7. Rome: Catacombs Guided Tour with Entry Ticket and Transfer

Step into history as you traverse the iconic Appian Way, the ancient heart of the Roman Empire. Immerse yourself in the stunning vistas of Rome's most iconic landmarks, from the majestic Baths of Caracalla and the legendary Colosseum to the poignant Fosse Ardeatine and the lush greenery of Caffarella Park. Embark on a journey through the mysterious Catacombs of Saint Sebastian alongside a knowledgeable guide, uncovering the hidden stories within the labyrinthine tunnels beneath the bustling city streets. Discover the final resting place of Rome's early Christian community, a testament to centuries of history. Get access to a digital audio guide to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant history of the city. Hear tales of Rome's past amidst the ruins that line the roadside. After the tour, return to the bus departure point to continue exploring hidden gems or journey back to where it all began. Enjoy convenient transportation with our bus departures from Termini Station, perfectly timed to coincide with Catacombs guided tours available in English, Italian, Spanish, French, and German.

Outside Aurelian Walls - Catacombs & Basilica of St.Paul

8. Outside Aurelian Walls - Catacombs & Basilica of St.Paul

We will start from Piazza della Repubblica, to continue towards the Via Appia Antica, one of the most famous and ancient streets in Rome. During this adventure, we will pass by some of the most famous places in the Christian world,like the Baths of Caracalla and the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis. In the first part of this tour, on the Via Appia Antica, we will have the opportunity to visit the Basilica of San Sebastiano, one of the seven churches of Rome, an important Catholic pilgrimage route, and the famous Catacombs of San Sebastiano, where Roman Christians were buried. Leaving the fascinating and mysterious Catacombs, we go in the direction of the San Paolo district, where the beautiful and imposing Basilica of San Paolo Outside the Walls is located.After the visit to the Basilica, you will return to the meeting point with the option of going down to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

The dark side of Rome: St Sebastiano and Callisto Catacombs

9. The dark side of Rome: St Sebastiano and Callisto Catacombs

Meet your guide and start the 50-minute drive outside of Rome to the tombs underneath Civitavecchia. Visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, the oldest Christian cemetery in Rome. Walk through the miles of underground passageways that make up this sacred site. Stand in the cavernous underground chambers where early Christians congregated. Hear about the burial practices of early Christians, and see religious symbols carved into the walls. Next, visit the Catacombs of San Callisto, the largest and most significant early Christian burial site in Rome. Travel back in time to the 2nd century and see the resting place of 10 martyrs, 16 popes, and hundreds of early Christians who died for their faith. Learn about the persecution of Christianity under the Romans as you walk through the underground labyrinth. Contemplate the faith of early believers in Christianity as you make your way through this somber resting place. Afterward, relax in the beautiful garden outside before returning to the port of Civitavecchia.

Traces of the Past: Exploring the Catacombs and Appia Antica

10. Traces of the Past: Exploring the Catacombs and Appia Antica

Step into the shadows of history with our "Traces of the Past" tour, a captivating exploration of the Catacombs of San Sebastian and the legendary Appia Antica. The journey begins at the entrance of the San Sebastian Catacombs, a portal to an underground world steeped in ancient tales. Descend into the labyrinthine corridors of the catacombs, where echoes of early Christianity and remnants of a bygone era whisper tales of the past. An expert guide will illuminate the historical significance of these sacred underground burial sites, providing insights into the rituals and customs of ancient Romans. As we emerge into the daylight, the adventure continues along the Appian Way, one of the oldest and most historic roads in Rome. Discover the well-preserved remnants of the past, including the Church of S. Nicola, the Circus of Maxentius, and the Tomb of Cecilia Metella. This 2-hour journey will led you to connect with Rome's rich cultural heritage. Book your spot now!

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The tour was perfect we were late for the original time slot and we're able to fit into the next time slot. Our guide was very knowledgeable and nice. No cameras or video inside the catacombs only in the basilica. The hand carved wood ceilings of the basilica are stunning!Would recommend.

The tour with Simone was great! He was a likeable guy who always added information and anecdotes about what we saw. The star was the tour itself. a very picturesque route, definitely recommended, whether in a tour or on your own

Excellent private golf cart tour with driver. LOVED IT and great driver!!! Wonderful day exploring the roman countryside!

Super nice guide who managed to identify many facts. Beautiful bike ride! I would recommend this tour to everyone!

Veronica was the best tour guide! Had a great day in the pouring rain seeing the catacombs.