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Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

1. Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

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: 2-Hour Gladiator School

2. 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: 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.

Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

5. 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: Catacombs Underground Tour, Ticket, and Transfer

6. Rome: Catacombs Underground Tour, Ticket, and Transfer

Embark on an in-depth experience, during which you'll discover the legacy of a prominent and fascinating past. Beginning from the meeting point near the Colosseum, relax on a transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle to one of the most exciting places in Rome, the Catacombs. Accompanied by an expert guide, head off on an exclusive tour and appreciate this fascinating place's real story and mystery.  On tour, travel through time to discover a hidden and parallel world in which, for centuries, Jews and Christians have looked after and venerated the dead. Pass by the majestic Aurelian Walls to come to the archaeological area of the Ancient Appian Way. Deep in the green Roman countryside, descend into the ancient world of the Catacombs, a complex network of underground tunnels among the longest in the world, occupying an area of about fifteen hectares and consisting of about 37 miles of tunnels on several levels. The specific catacomb visited, San Calisto, San Sebastiano, or Santa Domitilla, will depend on the day. In any of the catacombs, you will have the opportunity to see ancient frescoes, crypts with inscriptions carved on the walls, niches with the remains of skeletons, small mausoleums, sarcophagi, tombs, and small chapels, which still today, after about 2,000 years, are used to celebrate religious rites. After the tour, back in the sunlight, your driver will take you back to the original starting point next to the Colosseum.

Ancient Appian Way and Roman Countryside Bike Tour

7. 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: Full-Day Vespa Scooter Rental

8. 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.

Rome: Bike Rental

9. 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: 3-Hour City Tour by Vintage Fiat 500

10. Rome: 3-Hour City Tour by Vintage Fiat 500

Experience Rome from a unique perspective on a scenic driving tour by vintage Fiat 500, and travel the streets of the “Eternal City” enjoying panoramic views through the car’s sunroof. Following a pick-up from your hotel, enjoy 3-4 hours capturing “La Dolce Vita” of the Italian capital in an iconic car with seating for 3 people (including the driver). There’s even the chance to get behind the wheel and drive the manual transmission vehicle for those that want to! Access areas that tour buses and larger vehicle can’t reach, and breeze around the historic sights such as the Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla and St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy panoramic views from Aventine Hill and the Janiculum. Drive down historic Via Cavour and around the Colosseum. Travel along the famous Appian Way, and more.

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What people are saying about Appian Way

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,910 reviews

What a fun and amazing tour this was! Our guide, Alberto, was so easy to talk to, and had lots of good information and stories to share. Riding the ebike was just fun - amazing how manageable the hills of Rome are with an assist on the bike! The catacombs were incredible to see - and the views from the property housing the catacombs were stunning. I don't think we would have seen any of this part of Rome had we not done this trip, this way. Even the ride from the river, through Rome to get to the Appian way was full of incredible sights. There was a great little restaurant where we stopped for lunch - delicious! Highly recommend this tour if you like bikes and want to see a lot of things in just 5 hours!!

TopBike’s tour of the Appian Way with our guide Alessandro, was a highlight of our Italian trip. Safe, informative, and fun- Alessandro guided our small group through city streets, ancient roads, and country side with ease and humor. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome, and we would absolutely do it again.

It was very enjoyable and Glen was very knowledgeable about the area. It was a beautiful ride. Be sure you can keep up as we did zip along in some areas and it can get bumpy. It was really nice to get away from the crowds.

Passionate staff; excellent activities that make it a learning and very fun experience at the same time. Highly recommend. Including for a group of adults.

Great way to sight see and enjoy Rome. Would 100% recommend and also do again myself. Customer service was great during pick up and drop off.