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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 4.5-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.

Appian Way Picnic eBike Tour to Catacombs and Aqueducts

2. Appian Way Picnic eBike Tour to Catacombs and Aqueducts

Take it easy on this ebike tour of the Appian Way with a stop for a picnic lunch of pasta, salad and wine at a natural spring. Plenty of time for photos and to see the Aqueducts. From our bike depot near the Circus Maximus metro, ideal to start your Appian Way Bike Tour since it avoids having to cycle through the city, you will be provided an electric assist bicycle. There is a choice of modern geared bicycles with different levels of assistance to allow you to climb the hills and complete the route in ease. Here you will be explained how to use the bicycles and provided with a helmet as well as a safety introduction. Once on your way, you will leave the city walls of Ancient Rome from the Gate of St. Sebastian and arrive at our first stop, The Catacombs of St. Callisto. This site is one of the best preserved places of ancient christian worship since it was buried underground. Just a quick stop for a bathroom or water before we continue to our next stop, The Appian Way and Capo di Bove. At this stop you will hear about how Romes expansion began with the construction of this road and the following centuries leading up to the Caetani Family in the medieval period building their fortress along the road. Here you will also witness firsthand the original stones laid by the Romans 2300 years ago, cycling along trails and paths flanked by Cypress and Pine trees. Following the road running south, we continue to cycle towards the park of the Aqueducts immersed in nature. The Park of the Aqueducts is one of the most impressive sites outside of Rome. Imagine seeing an endless row of arches streaking across the landscape, reaching a height of 35 meters in places, all the while hearing from your guide about the significance of these feats of engineering. After approximately half an hour exploring the aqueducts and stopping for a photo where the water still pours out the renaissance aqueduct Felix, we will start our return journey to Rome. Following the aqueduct Felix for a portion of our return journey brings us to the Tor Fiscal park, a smaller part of the bigger Appia Antica Regional park but just as charming with remains of the Aqueduct Claudio still visible. Lunch break: next there's a short section on roads open to traffic until we reach the natural spring where we stop for a picnic style lunch out in the open. Food will be provided at tables, sitting outdoors under the shade of trees. Enjoy some wine and freshly made pasta with salad before its time to head back to the start. Some alternatives are available for gluten free diets.

Rome: Appian Way Underground and Catacombs E-Bike Tour

3. 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.

Rome: Appian Way Golf Cart Tour with Roman Catacombs Entry

4. Rome: Appian Way Golf Cart Tour with Roman Catacombs Entry

Discover some of the wonders of Ancient Rome outside the bustling city center on a golf cart tour. Visit notable historic sites along the Appian Way, with stops at the viewpoint of the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla, and the eerie Roman Catacombs. Meet your guide in the heart of the city and hop aboard an eco-friendly electric-powered golf cart. Marvel at the impressive sites and landmarks of Ancient Rome as you ride out of the city center along the historic Appian Way, one of the most important thoroughfares in the Roman Empire. Enjoy the scenic drive as your guide explains more about the road's rich history. Stop by a grand ancient Roman tomb, and walk along the very same stones that the ancient Romans traversed for centuries. Admire what remains of the Baths of Caracalla, and the foundations of the Circus Maximus. Visit the Roman Catacombs on a pre-reserved 30-minute guided walking tour that takes you into the depths of the underground labyrinth. This portion of the tour will be led by an official Catacombs resident guide, where you’ll learn about the fascinating history of these ancient Christian burial sites. On the return journey, drive along the incredibly well-preserved Aurelian Walls, the ancient Roman fortifications that once protected the city from invaders. Finally, be dropped off at Piazza Venezia.

Rome: Quality E-Bike Evening Tour with Optional Dinner

5. Rome: Quality E-Bike Evening Tour with Optional Dinner

Experience the evening splendor and refreshing atmosphere of Rome on a fun e-bike tour of its best-known highlights. Enjoy a smooth ride on a Cannondale electric bike and an Italian dinner (dinner is included in the 4-hour version of the tour only). You will start your evening experience from a central location in Rome. Follow your guide through winding streets and alleys as they take you to a breathtaking sunset view of the Colosseum, before continuing towards a panoramic view over the Roman forum on the epic Via dei Fori Imperiali. Next, you continue towards 3 lesser-known but unmissable highlights: Teatro di Marcello, the Jewish Ghetto and Piazza Farnese. After this, participants on the 4-hour tour will be treated to a dinner in an Italian trattoria, where a selection of starters and a pizza (or a dish of pasta) will instil delight and energy for the remainder of the route. Next, a brilliant string of highlights ensues, including Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Led by your local guide, you effortlessly whiz by ancient temples, Baroque fountains, and Renaissance palaces, making short stops to savor the storytelling that brings out the magic of each place. The route will show you the obvious beauty of Rome, as well as the hidden one (look out for the church of Sant'Ignazio and Hadrian's Temple!). Lastly, to wrap up the tour, you will return on the majestic Via dei Fori Imperiali, and get a chance to admire Piazza Venezia and the enigmatically lit Imperial Forums... as you zoom towards and past the Colosseum, back to the shop.

Fiumicino Airport Private Luxury Transfers to Rome

6. Fiumicino Airport Private Luxury Transfers to Rome

Pre-book this comfortable private transfer by luxury vehicle from Fiumicino Airport to hotels or other accommodations located within the Aurelian Walls of Rome, or vice versa, and start your vacation or business trip in style. An experienced driver will be waiting in the arrival’s hall with a sign with your name on it for ease of contact. There’s no need to worry about flight or customs delays as the driver will wait up to 1.5 hours without extra charge. Then, sit back and relax as they negotiate the busy and unfamiliar roads to get you to your hotel in good time. Forget the stress of finding a taxi on arrival, or dealing with the public transportation system. The service is available between 07:00 and 21:00.

Rome: Private Transfer from City Center to Fiumicino Airport

7. Rome: Private Transfer from City Center to Fiumicino Airport

This 45-minute transfer service between central Rome and Fiumicino Airport is priced for up to 3 passengers. Through a localized GPS, your driver will be advised of your flight arrival and any changes in schedule. Your driver will wait for up to 90 minutes after the landing of your flight without additional charge. Once you clear customs you’ll be greeted by a member of the local partner's staff in the terminal's arrivals hall. Pre-book this comfortable private transfer by luxury vehicle either from Fiumicino Airport to your accommodation located within the Aurelian Walls, or in the other direction, and begin or end your visit to the Eternal City in style. Avoid the stress of finding a taxi or dealing with the public transportation system. The service is available day and night, with a small supplement charge for service between 00:00 and 06:00. Baby/child seats are available on request.

Rome: Private Transfer from Fiumicino Airport to City Center

8. Rome: Private Transfer from Fiumicino Airport to City Center

Avoid the scramble for taxis on arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, and pre-book a private transfer to arrive (or depart) in style. Available day and night (with a small surcharge for transfers between Midnight an 06:00), the transfer is provided by a local ground transport supplier with a professional approach to customer service. Say goodbye to taxi rip-offs with a transfer supervised from a central office by localized GPS Visirun SPA. Your driver will be advised of any updates to your flight to avoid unwelcome waiting charges. You will have 90 minutes after landing to make your way through the airport terminal. Meet your driver after customs in the arrivals hall, where a member of staff will escort you to your waiting vehicle. Then, sit back and relax in a luxury vehicle as you are taken direct to your hotel or private accommodation (within the Aurelian Walls). Arrive refreshed, and start your vacation or business trip in style.

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

9. 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

10. 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, in the name of 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.

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My wife, daughter and I all absolutely loved our e-bike tour with Glenn and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Not having ridden e-bikes before, after a few simple instructions from Glenn we were off and, in only a short while, we were riding through the countryside heading towards the Appian Way. The riding was a lot of fun and the surroundings were awesome. The Park of Aqueducts in particular was absolutely spectacular. It really was the perfect day and our favourite day of our trip and all thanks to Glenn who is both great company and highly knowledgeable.

This is a great opportunity to see suburban Rome and get a good view of real life in the city. the guide we got was very knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. Bikes were in good condition and adequate for the road. My only point of caution is that riders should be fairly skilled to navigate the road traffic and Appia way terrain, riders without experience riding in open vehicle traffic should steer clear.

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.

We had a very fun day with Glenn. He is knowledgeable about the area and caters to your experience level with biking. The Appian Way is a must see in Rome. Would book again!

driver was on time and got us to airport with plenty of time to spare