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

1. Rome: Ancient Appian Way, Aqueducts & Catacombs 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. Make a stop underground at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus (or St. Sebastian) for a guided visit through its crypts and corridors. 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: Half-Day Ancient Appian Way & Aqueducts E-Bike Tour

2. Rome: Half-Day Ancient Appian Way & Aqueducts E-Bike Tour

The Roman countryside boasts plenty of remarkable vistas. There’s plenty to take in on this half-day cycling tour, from the 2,300-year-old cobblestone roads to the ancient ruins and the incredible scenery. After a short urban ride, you will reach the beginning of the Ancient Appian Way and then continue to cycle past ancient tombs and the ruins of an imperial palace. As you ride, your guide will share interesting historical facts that will open your eyes to the Rome beyond the monuments. Leaving the Ancient Appian Way, you will follow the ancient aqueducts through the Roman countryside, where you might feel like you are in the wild side of Rome of centuries ago. After a pleasant ride back, your tour ends with a return to central Rome.

Rome: E-Bike Tour of Appia Antica, Aqueducts, and Caffarella

3. Rome: E-Bike Tour of Appia Antica, Aqueducts, and Caffarella

When the Italian economic miracle ignited during the '50s, owing to the funds of the Marshall Plan and the creativity of its citizens, a large part of the country's historical, archaeological and environmental heritage became endangered and at risk of extinction, progress, modernity, and economic growth. In the case of Rome, the greatest threat came from the housing industry that was gulping down the countryside around the city's center at impressive speed. If it were not for the obstinate determination of one man, Antonio Cederna, a great Italian archaeologist, urbanist, journalist, and politician, who made it his life's mission to preserve it from uncontrolled building speculation and waged a personal war on the potent housing industry of his time, the Appia Antica, the first highway ever to be built, would be no more. Thanks to this great man, to whom the Appia Antica Archaeological Park is dedicated, we can still admire the unique beauty and the great treasures of Europe's first highway, which led from Rome to Brindisi and whose construction began in 312 BC by the Roman Censor Appius Claudius Caecus. Our electric bike tour will begin from our company's venue, situated in front of the Circus Maximus, the largest Stadium ever to be built, that could hold 300.000 spectators for the chariot races held in it. On the way to the Ancient Appian, we'll visit more "modern" places, like the Garden of Oranges and the Cavalieri di Malta Square, view the majestic Caracalla Baths, a suitable introduction to the Roman water system, a topic that'll be thoroughly covered once the tour reaches the Aqueducts Park and from there on to Porta San Sebastiano, where our guests will familiarize with the fortification of Rome and the Aurelian Walls. Along the way, we'll ride past incredible places such as the Church of Quo Vadis, the Catacombs of Saint Callistus, the Residence of Maxentius, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, the Tumulus of the Curiazi, and Villa Dei Quintili, all of which are concentrated in the first few miles of Via Appia Antica and which will be explained by our knowledgeable tour guides. Our cross-country archaeological e-bike ride will then proceed to the breathtaking scenery of the ancient Roman Aqueducts, which supplied the city with an unsurpassed amount of water, and then, following the Almone River down into the Caffarella Valley, where you can encounter horses, sheep, goats, and pigs, literally at a stone's throw from the city's center. Finally, the grace of the Nymphaeum of Egeria, which presumably belonged to Herodes Atticus's villa, in the vicinity. The tour is a unique combination of sightseeing, naturalistic and archaeological tourism, and cross-country e-bike riding. Our company-owned fleet of state-of-the-art, quality electric bikes completes the puzzle of a genuinely sustainable and environment-friendly experience that will most certainly be the highlight of your visit to Rome.

Rome: Appian Way Bike Tour from CIA Airport

4. Rome: Appian Way Bike Tour from CIA Airport

Roma caput mundi: the Italian capital is the cradle of Roman culture par excellence. From the union between the glorious past and modern sustainability comes the unusual experience for your Roman holiday, the experiential transfer of the Appian Way: Fly & Pedal through centuries of history of the Roman Empire. You will enjoy a unique and healthy experience: an electric bicycle tour through the glories of Ancient Rome. Did you know that the enchanting Appia Antica is 200 meters away from the Ciampino Airport? We are ready to welcome you as soon as you get off the plane to immerse you in Ancient Rome. In 5-hour maximum by electric bike you will arrive in the center of Rome. This guided tour will make you touch the Roman wonders that only the freedom of the bicycle can make you discover. We will ride together between stories and anecdotes about the Roman Empire, admiring the Roman Aqueducts or visiting the Catacombs (you will have several options). The tour starts from where you are, wether it’s the airport or the hotel: we will deliver the bicycles to your home while we take care of your luggage. You will only have to get on the saddle and enjoy the experiential transfer of the Appian Way. No traffic, no hit and run: you will take home a fantastic memory of an unusual experience, steeped in millennia of history.

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What people are saying about Porta San Sebastiano

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 680 reviews

This is an excellent way to see Rome outside of the city center! Our guide, Arina, was exceptional! For us the catacombs & a heard of goats on the ancient Roman roadway were highlights! The only negative for our experience was an older couple who said they had not ridden a bike in 50 years. The poor couple had a terribly difficult time riding, navigating traffic, and staying with the group. Therefore, my recommendation would be - only do this if you are comfortable on a bicycle. You will be on roads with cars/trucks for a portion of the time.

What a great way to see parts of Rome that we would have otherwise snot see. The Appian Way and Aqueduct park are truly amazing and beautiful. My family has people of all different fitness levels and ages and we could all do the tour just fine. The e-bikes were very easy to use and comfortable. Our tour guide, Alberto, was the best! He was so knowledgeable and passionate, and good with my kids.

Very fun and very educational. Klaus was upbeat and made us all feel safe. He was enthusiastic and educated about Roman history. Fun guy for sure! I was worried since I haven’t ridden a bike in 10 years but the e-bikes are easy to operate with little effort. Highly recommend!

This was a great tour - lots of interesting historical facts and cool sites to stop at outside of what you’d typically visit in the city or on other tours. The e-bikes were very easy to use and not physically demanding.

The trip was great. Bikes were in good condition, guide spoke English well enough and knew the area and history. The route itself was beautiful.