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

1. Rome: Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs & Aqueducts 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.

Rome: Catacombs and Appian Way Guided Tour by Golf Cart

2. Rome: Catacombs and Appian Way Guided Tour by Golf Cart

See the highlights of Rome without breaking a sweat as you zip around the city in a golf cart on a private tour. Marvel at Trajan's Column, Piazza Venezia, and many more of Rome's top attractions. Meet your guide on one of the city's quieter side streets and get ready to discover Rome's most iconic sights. You'll also be provided with a headset to make sure you can hear your guide the whole time. Stop at important landmarks, including Trajan's Column, Piazza Bocca della Verità, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, Circus of Maxentius, the Colosseum, and more. Spend between 5 and 10 minutes at each of these sites and learn about each location from your guide. Then, go underground to see Rome's ancient catacombs and crypts. Discover this immense underground cemetery and learn about its origin and decline. Your tour ends back in the quiet side road where it began.

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

3. 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 Appia Antica, Caffarella Valley & Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

4. Rome Appia Antica, Caffarella Valley & Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

Appia Antica Way in the section between the curch of the "Domine Quo Vadis?" up to the Aqueducts Park If you already did the classical sightseeing of the city and want more, you're on the right track. The huge protected area of the Regional Park of the Appian Way opens its gates to welcome you with all its 4500 hectares. The local guide will show you how easy it will be to ride an ebike and give you an introduction of the area before starting off the guided tour. Just 2 km away from Circus Maximus there's a green lug crowded with churches, catacombs, tombs and remains of the Roman Empire flanking the famous Regina Viarum, the Queen of all roads as the roman poet Statius mentioned in his work "Silvae". Once conceived to fulfill military purposes and then used by traders, pilgrims, intellectuals and travelers from all over the world, the Appian Way still preserves all its natural and archaeological beauty. Starting from via Appia Antica number 60 at EcoBike, you'll go past the Domine Quo Vadis Church, where, according to legend, the Apostle S. Peter, fleeing from the persecution of Nerone against Christians had the miraculous encounter with Jesus, that, while disappearing, left his footprints on the pavement. Then, you can stop off at the catacombs of Saint Sebastian or Saint Callixtus and, on your way back you can decide if to visit one of the two independently by paying on site € 10 each one with the tour. Next landmark? The private circus of the emperor Maxentius, the best roman circus preserved all over the world. Enter for free into the complex consisting of the circus, the villa and the mausoleum of his son Valerio Romolo. The film Ben-Hur directed by William Wyler and with Charlton Heston was shot here, in particular the scene of the chariot race. On the same side, uphill, on a lava plateau dating back to more than 260000 year ago, stands the Tomb of Cecilia Metella that with its giant body which seems to dominate all of the Park, the local guide will narrate to you the history of this noblewoman whose we have little information except for her family. The strategic point where the tomb was constructed was later on used as a fortress during the Middle Ages by several families, among them the name of Caetani sticks out. They took advantage of the position to control all of the area and build an actual self-sufficient village with a private fence so that passers-by had to pay a duty to transit there. A unique archaeological itinerary encompassing the highlights of the Regina Viarum, starting from the “Domine Quo Vadis” Church up to the Quintili Nymphaeum to proceed into the stunning Aqueducts Park. A bike ride among sepulchers, thermal baths, aristocratic villas up to the real jam of the Roman engineering.

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.

Rome: Appian Way Private Guided Tour by Golf Cart

6. Rome: Appian Way Private Guided Tour by Golf Cart

Do you really want to relax? Don’t miss our unique historic and archaeological guided tour on our electric golf cart to discover the gems of the Appia Antica. A must-do guided tour for history geeks to go back in time and explore the ancient Roman road from the Domine Quo Vadis church up to Quintili’s Villa. The tour will start from the Tourist information office of the Appia Antica Park and will take you all along the ancient Appian Way having a stop at the main monuments and ruins from the I to the V mile. Drop off: Catacombs of S. Sebastian, visit of the catacombs.

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

7. 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.

Rome: Appia Antica Tour on E-Bike

8. Rome: Appia Antica Tour on E-Bike

Take a guided E-Bike tour of the Appia Antica and learn more about its historical importance for the Roman Empire. Stroll along part of the road which connected Rome to the port of Brindisi in the south, an important trading outpost. Being one of the most important access routes of the city and the Roman Empire, The Appian Way (Appia Antica) will be your itinerary. Your knowledgeable tour guide will guide you through massive aqueducts, which are landmarks for San Callisto catacombs, the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, Quo Vadis. You will also visit the Regional Park of Appia Antica. Be captivated by the view of the magnificent ancient aqueducts and the Aurelian walls. Immerse yourself in nature in one of the most fascinating and evocative parks in the city.

Rome: Appian Way Bike Tour from CIA Airport

9. 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 Circus of Maxentius

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 732 reviews

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.

This experience was a really good quality, family friendly tour that thought me a lot and was really fun! Our tour guide was also really kind, I would say that this is definitely worth your time and money!

Took the tour to the Catacombs. Very impressed with the guides knowledge of all the city sites. Wonderful guide! Very informative. Absolutely worth the $. One of best tours we took!

Great tour. Jason, our tour guide was great and extremely knowledgeable. Loved driving around the city of Rome and seeing the history.

Awesome way to see the city. Very informative and the gold carts was a great way to stay off the feet!