Caffarella Park

Caffarella Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ancient Appian Way and Roman Countryside Bike Tour

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

2. 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.

Ancient Appian Way: Private Electric Bike Tour

3. Ancient Appian Way: Private Electric Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Rome on an e-bike tour of the ancient Appian Way, one of the first streets in Rome. Riding on a top-notch and smooth e-bike will make pedaling a breeze, so you can focus on taking in the surrounding landscapes.   Follow your guide along Via Appia, also known as the “Queen of the Streets”. Cross the famous Parco degli Acquedotti, an important site where six ancient Roman aqueducts meet.    The rest of the tour takes you down a route that evokes the best of the region’s history, culture, and art. Explore a 2,300-year-old meadow, and relive the history of the great empire. Cross a unique landscape full of ancient footprints, imperial mansions, statues, tombs, and the St. Calisto Catacombs.

Rome: Wine & Oil Tour along the Appian Way by E-bike

4. Rome: Wine & Oil Tour along the Appian Way by E-bike

Discover the historic olive grove that embraces the Azienda Agricola Regina Viarum on an e-bike. Escape the noise of the city and relax with a breathtaking view of ancient Roman ruins, with the calming breeze blows through your hair. After the tour is finished, enjoy wine and oil. Grab your helmet and take the Via Appia (Appian Way), one of the most important access routes to the city of the historical Roman Empire. Follow your guide through extraordinary aqueducts, landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto. Cross the Appian Way Regional Park until you reach the reserve, where you will begin to delight your palate with excellent wine and oil accompanied by local food tastings. Inside the reserve, experience a sense of well-being and relaxation upon your arrival. Begin your visit to the reserve in the historic olive grove, passing through the organic vegetable garden, up to the garden of the farmhouse. Here, taste a glass of wine and local oil, accompanied by local specialties.

Ancient Appian Way and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

5. Ancient Appian Way and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

This half-day bike tour through the Roman countryside begins when you get on the bike path that runs parallel to the Lungotevere. Leave the bustling city behind to travel along the ancient Appian Way. You’ll be traveling along a path whose history dates all the way back to 312 BC! During your journey, you will take breaks to explore the historical sites along the Appian Way, enjoy the beautiful sights, and continue your ride to the Roman burial sites. Follow your expert guide to gain first-hand experience of the ancient aqueducts of Rome in the Parco degli Acquedotti. This tour will provide a deeper understanding of the history, nature, and art of the Eternal City - what the Roman poet Tibullus called Rome in the 1st century BC. Then you will head to Parco della Caffarella and the Parco Tor Fiscale. Here, you will be immersed in the lush nature of the Roman countryside while exploring the historical remains of Ancient Rome. Pay attention to your guide as he fascinates you with the many rich stories of Ancient Rome. Make sure to utilize the free time allotted for taking pictures before heading back to the meeting place, where the tour will end.

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

6. 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

7. 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 Private E-Bike Tour with Roman Underground

8. Rome: Appian Way Private E-Bike Tour with Roman Underground

The time has come to tell your friends and family a beautiful Roman story. Begin to become familiar with your e-Bike as you pedal safely along the Tiber cycle path, and admire the beauties of Rome from a different perspective before reaching the ancient Appian Way. This tour aims to combine architectural treasures with a long walk surrounded by greenery. Being one of the most important access routes of the city and of the Roman Empire, the Appian Way will be your itinerary. Your expert tour guide will guide you through landmarks such as the Basilica of San Sebastiano Fuori le Mura, the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, the Quo Vadis. Not many places in Rome are off the beaten track, so we want to continue this exciting itinerary by letting you visit an ancient Roman quarry on your bike. This site is something you would never have seen before: Silent but fascinating galleries that once housed ancient Roman catacombs, later transformed into air raid shelters during World War II; you would not be able to witness such incredible and exclusive places without us. Combine the architectural beauties of Rome with the sweet air of nature Are you ready to get on a fantastic e-bike? Our walk on the Appia Antica is just what you need to reconnect with the unspoiled nature of the capital. An expert guide will assist you on this journey by sharing fascinating stories and anecdotes about the setting that will surround you. Don’t miss the chance to explore Rome in a non-traditional way. Attention: Inside the quarry there is a temperature around 7/8 degrees all year long, we suggest you to bring a jacket for this experience. Not recommended for claustophobic people

Rome: Private Appian Way & Albano Lake Full-Day E-Bike Tour

9. Rome: Private Appian Way & Albano Lake Full-Day E-Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Rome for a full-day mountain bike tour in the surrounding countryside and follow a route through pristine nature and landscapes that have inspired some of Italy’s best known artists. The moderately difficult 50-kilometer route will take you past some of Rome’s most historic sites, such as Trajan's Baths, the Ninfeum of Egeria, Villa dei Quintilli and Caracalla’s Baths. Departing from near the Colosseum, bike through Caffarella Park to the Aqueduct Park, named after the historic aqueducts that run through this part of the Appian Way regional park. Because of its idyllic ambiance, Aqueduct Park is often used as a film location. Take the train from Capanelle to Castel Gandolfo, before hopping on your mountain bike to explore the surroundings of Lake Albano. Stop at a local restaurant with a wonderful view of the water and relax as you enjoy a traditional lunch of Italian cuisine. Lake Albano is also known as Castel Gandolfo Lake, after the castle and the Pope’s summer residence that overlooks the lake. After lunch, head back to Rome, cycling a nice descent to set you up for the Appia Antica. Relive the glory days of the Roman Empire as you bike along cobblestone streets that date back 2,300 years. Pass ancient tombs and ruins from the Roman Republic.

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What people are saying about Caffarella Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 671 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.

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.

A brilliant day out seeing the countryside and aqueducts. Emilio was incredibly knowledgeable and good company. Pleased to have upgraded our daughter to an ebike for just another €15

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.