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Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

1. 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!

Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

2. 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: e-Bike Tour Through Via Appia Antica

3. Rome: e-Bike Tour Through Via Appia Antica

Meet your group near St. Maria Maggiore and begin your cycle through Rome on a Bosch e-MTB full suspension bike or Fat e-Bike. Cycle down the Appian Way, also known as the Queen of the long roads towards Via Appia Antica. Ride through the park and pass some of the many monuments that fill the tranquil park. Pass by ancient ruins as you explore the park and try some typical Roman food. Afterward, ride alongside the Great Roman Aqueduct.

Appia Antica: Full Day Bike Rental with Customizable Routes

4. 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.

Ancient Appian Way and Roman Countryside Bike Tour

5. Ancient Appian Way and Roman Countryside Bike Tour

Leave the bustling city center of Rome behind and enjoy a bike ride through the Roman countryside, which inspired 19th-century travelers such as Byron, Goethe, and Stendhal. Ride on history's first highway: the Appian Way, also called Regina Viarum, which still retains most of its original paving. Constructed in the 4th century BC, it was used as the main route to transport military supplies and for important families to build their tombs and mausoleums. On this ride, you will go past ancient Roman ruins, statues, an imperial palace, Christian catacombs, and pagan mausoleums. The tour will stop in front of the mains tombs and catacombs (Saint Callixtus and Saint Sebastian) to explain how this road was conceived as a place of union between political, military, and religious power. You will also discover the wonderful Aqueducts park, the only park in the world that preserves 2 Roman aqueducts that are still in excellent condition. In the second half of the tour, go back through the Caffarella park, which contains several archaeological sites and a working farm and has considerable ecological value.

Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

6. Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-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 also includes a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

Rome: Guided Sunset E-Bike Tour With Catacombs and Aperitif

7. Rome: Guided Sunset E-Bike Tour With Catacombs and Aperitif

An early evening bike tour with electric bikes, making it a breeze to reach the catacombs and then along the Appian Way. The sunsetting over the park of the Appian Way and the fields surrounding us makes for a quiant setting as the heat of the day oasses and we are able to enjoy the cool fresh air along the tree lined roman road known as the Appian Way. We will use as much of romes traffic free areas to reach the walls of the old Rome, from where we will then pass through the gate of St Sebastian and start our ride along the Appian Way. Reaching first the CATACOMBS OF ST. CALLISTO where you will be give a guided tour in your own language. Then afterwards we will reach the area called Capo di Bove where we find the first stretch of original stones used to the pave the Appian Way. This is where we will stop for an aperitif. Following our drink, we continue a short distance along the appian way before turning back towards the start. On our way back we will cycle through the Cafarella Valley woods with natural springs and little rivers running through it.

Rome: Bike Rental

8. Rome: Bike Rental

Discover the city of Rome by bike and spare your feet! Climb the 7 hills on a comfortable bike and cycle through the narrow streets, going from highlight to highlight in an easy and fast way. Our agile Trekking bikes come with a sturdy front suspension fork and at least 24 gears. The E-City Bike and E-Mountain Bike run on smooth and reliable Bosch or Yamaha electric motors. All are equipped with anti-puncture tires and comfortable saddles. This will make your ride down the cobblestone roads or along the uneven ancient Appian Way an easy, safe and fully enjoyable experience.

Rome: Colosseum and Appian Way Catacombs Tour

9. Rome: Colosseum and Appian Way Catacombs Tour

Go back in time with this combination Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Ancient Appian Way Catacombs guided tour. You'll bypass any queues to better enjoy your experience and take advantage of a professional guide trained in art and archaeology. Visit Rome's most symbolic monument, learning about the amphitheater's history and exploring the Colosseum's first and second tiers for great views. You will then walk through the ruins of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, visiting one of the most important archaeological areas in the world which features some of the Ancient Rome's most evocative ruins. Along your path you'll also explore the site of an older settlement from the 9th century B.C., learning about the legend of Romulus and Remus, the abandoned brothers raised by a wolf who fought each other for power and control. Following your Colosseum tour you'll take a small break, before returning to the tour office for an in-depth experience in one of the most exciting and visited places in Rome, the Catacombs on the Ancient Appian Way. You'll descend into a complex network of underground tunnels, among the longest in the world, where you can admire ancient frescoes, inscription-rich crypts, small mausoleums, sarcophagi, and tombs. You'll also discover the burial sites of famous people such as popes, martyrs, and according to legends, even some apostles.

Rome: Full-Day Vespa Scooter Rental

10. Rome: Full-Day Vespa Scooter Rental

Explore the streets of Rome on a stylish Vespa scooter with this simple rental service. Get free assistance inside the highway belt of Rome (Grande Raccordo Anulare - GRC). Pickup your Vespa at the rental shop and get fitted with a helmet. Listen as the staff gives you some helpful tips on how to use this model of scooter. Use your complimentary map to help you navigate around the city. Find out hotspots and routes and let a local tell you the fastest way to get to the sights in this vast city. Start exploring with major attractions that are less than 15-minutes away like the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, and Vatican City. Return the Vespa before your 24-hour rental period ends or make arrangements to extend your rental contract.

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What people are saying about Appian Way

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,910 reviews

Great time for our family of 6. Leopoldo and Glen were both great to work with and spend a morning with. Nice to get out of the city for some fun. The cool breeze on the bikes was super. And the bike! They were wonderful!! I was a skeptical, having never riden an e-bike before, but we all loved them and they assisted us like a charm from start to finish! Would definitely recommend this outing. And grab some gelato or iced coffee at the shop next door after!

For me and my two grandchildren it was a fantastic experience to be able to ride a golf cart among the beauties of Rome! This silent and ecological vehicle allows you to get close to the beauties of the city, to observe, to photograph what the efficient guide Martin is explaining to you! Experience to be repeated!

Had a fantastic day with Marcus the guide on our Appian way E bike tour. The catacombs were amazing too. Thank you Marcus for a very informative tour and for making us feel very safe on the streets of Rome. I would highly recommend this tour, defo one of the highlights of my break in Italy so far.

Highly recommend this trip! It was the best thing we did whilst visiting Rome. Our tour guide Glenn was excellent. You see so much and learn so much on this tour.

Excellent. Great team (kudos in particular to the animator Michele), very good activity with the children. To recommend without hesitation.