Parco degli Acquedotti

Parco degli Acquedotti: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Appian Way Guided E-Bike Tour with Market Lunch

1. Rome: Appian Way Guided E-Bike Tour with Market Lunch

Cycle through the Roman countryside with your guide, passing through the old gate of St Sebastian. Travel along the ancient Appian Way, outside of Rome. First, pass through the 1st-century Roman cemetery and underground worship site at the Catacombs of St Callisto. Continue to cycle to the first section of original Roman stones that pave the Appian Way. Cycle the first 5 miles of the ancient Roman road lined by tombs and trees until you reach the Park of the Aquaducts. Take a break here for a few minutes to admire these Roman constructions, tracing their path back into the city. On your way back into the city, stop at a local spring for a picnic lunch. Having enjoyed a relaxing break in the shade, pass through the Cafarella Valley with its flocks of sheep and Roman ruins, including Ninfeo Egeria.

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.

Rome: Ancient Appian Way E-Bike Tour

3. Rome: Ancient Appian Way E-Bike Tour

Take an evocative, fascinating tour down the Appian Way, one of the first streets in Rome. The Ancient Appian Way is also known as the “Queen of the Streets." It crosses the famous Parco degli Acquedotti, an important biological corridor in Rome’s city center, which tells the tale of the history of water in Rome and its related engineering works. In fact, six ancient Roman aqueducts converge here.   The rest of the tour takes you down a route that evokes the best of the region’s history, culture and art. Ride on a top-notch and smooth e-bike on a 2,300-year-old meadow and relive the history of the great empire, crossing a unique landscape full of ancient footprints, imperial mansions, statues, tombs, and the St. Calisto Catacombs.

Ancient Appian Way and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

4. 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

5. 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: Running Tour in Park of the Aqueducts

6. Rome: Running Tour in Park of the Aqueducts

Combine exploring the famous of the Park of the Aqueducts with this fit and fun activity. Discover the pleasures of the Parco degli Acquedotti. Admire seven of the grandiose Roman aqueducts which supplied the city, while running with your guide. Explore a space that stands within the Appia Antica Regional Park in a green area of 240 hectares. Take part in an activity in which anyone can participate, even running novices. Have fun on a unique tour which is not a race, but a way to combine sport and culture in an enjoyable way.

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: The Ancient Aqueducts of Rome Guided Tour

8. Rome: The Ancient Aqueducts of Rome Guided Tour

Enjoy a unique tour in Rome off the beaten tourist track, and get the chance to see a part of Rome that visitors often miss. Explore the Roman Aqueducts, and learn about their history while taking pictures and seeing hidden structures that have stood the test of time on this walking tour. Experience an opportunity to take a trip back to ancient Rome, to a place where mass tourism has not yet arrived. Discover and touch wonderful structures hidden within the Eternal City and preserved through time. Wander the magnificent aqueducts of Rome, four of them located in a park frequented only by locals. Learn more about the history of the structures and their significance in ancient Rome, and find out how aqueducts brought water to the city via long channels supported by arches. Follow the guide along the tour, where you will have the chance to see Aqueduct Park, Marcio Aqueduct, the Claudio Aqueduct, and the Anio Vetus Aqueduct. Listen as the guide explains how they were built, how they worked, and even how Rome, from the time of its earliest construction, was so completely dependent on this water supply that when the Barbarians invaded the city, the first thing they did was cut the water supply to the aqueducts. Soak in the sights along the way and pass the Mariana Canal, the ancient canal whose construction was ordered by Pope Sixtus V. Stop to try some delicious local Roman food after finishing the tour.

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.

Rome: Appian Way Bike Tour from CIA Airport

10. 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 Parco degli Acquedotti

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 977 reviews

Outstanding experience; one of the highlights of my trip to Rome this far. Glenn, the guide, was very personable and took great care of the small group today. The picnic at the spring (porchetta sandwich and wine) was fantastic, but the views of the Appian Way and ancient aqueducts were spectacular. I highly recommend this tour as well as Glenn and The Red Bicycle tour company.

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!

Really enjoyed the tour. Starting out by Circus Massimo and past the ancient defense wall of Rome, we were taken back in time by a knowledgable and enthusiastic guide. The tid-bits of information, history and trivia along the way set the perfect accent. Thououghly enjoyable!

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.

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!