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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: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

2. Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

Uncover the secrets hidden the dark depths of the the Domitilla catacombs on this guided tour in Rome. Enjoy the convenience of a transfer from a centrally-located meeting point in the city. Learn about early Christian history and see the underground Basilica of Nereus. 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

3. 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: Ancient Appian Way E-Bike Tour

4. 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.

Rome: Appian Way and St. Callisto Catacombs Tour by E-bike

5. Rome: Appian Way and St. Callisto Catacombs Tour by E-bike

Make your way to the Catacombs of St. Callisto on this guided e-bike tour through the Appian Way. Choose between a sunset or morning tour, and marvel at the breathtaking views of the Roman countryside. Starting from the bike depot, go on a quick ride to the Appian Way and visit the Catacombs of St. Callisto. See where the Christians met and prayed 40 meters underground in what would become the official cemetery for Rome's church. Afterward, continue biking along the Appian Way, an ancient road left buried in the countryside. Cycle past fields and woodland to reach the first section of original stones laid by the Romans 2300 years ago. See ruts left in the stone by the wheels of carts pulled along the road by horses over the years. Find your way between the old stones and head down towards a natural spring. This section of original blocks is also walkable. In the natural spring, fill in bottles with mineral water or wine at the wine cellar. It's a great way to see local life and tradition. At the cellar, you can buy snacks and drinks to take with you to the snack stop at the Cafarella Valley, the last part of your tour on the way back into the city. From up high in the Cafarella Valley, appreciate the view of Rome's magnificent countryside along with the rolling hills and valley below. See a fantastic variety of animals like birds, sheep, and goats. Keep an eye out for bunny families that live in the valley. Stop to enjoy a glass of wine or something else you brought from the spring before you return to the bike depot.

Rome: e-Bike Tour Through Via Appia Antica

6. 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.

Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

7. Rome: Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts e-Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 4-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 includes the option to visit the Aqueducts Park or the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

Rome: Catacombs Underground Tour, Ticket, and Transfer

8. 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.

Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Sightseeing Guided Tour

9. Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Sightseeing Guided Tour

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

10. 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.

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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.

It was supposed to be a group tour but because other people didn’t make it on time me and my fiancé ended up being the only ones around, so we basically got a private tour. Fiona, our guide, was amazing! She actually knew so much about everything we saw and she even took us around Trevi Fountain and other nearby places while we waited for the booked time for the catacombs. The transport was also really comfortable. The overall experience was top notch!

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 were in Rome for a week, We did it all and saw so many amazing things, but this was my kids favorite activity. My kids are 16, 13, and 10 years old. It is well done from beginning to end and everyone was all smiles the whole two hours. I would highly recommend this activity.

Wonderful experience! Such a lovely way to get experience Rome - a break from the museums and city hustle.