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Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

1. Rome: Roman Catacombs Semi-Private Tour

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.

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Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

2. 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!

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Ancient Appian Way: Electric Bike Tour

3. Ancient Appian Way: Electric Bike Tour

Explore the Roman countryside and its remarkable scenery on this half-day cycling tour. Cycle along 2,300-year-old cobblestone roads to ancient ruins. After a short urban ride, you will reach the beginning of the Ancient Appian Way. This was one of the first roads in Rome, also known as the “Queen of the Streets”. 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. After a pleasant ride back, your tour ends with a return to central Rome.

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Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

4. Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-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 also includes a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

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Rome: Catacombs Underground Tour, Ticket, and Transfer

5. 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 interesting places in Rome, the Catacombs. Accompanied by an expert guide, head off on an exclusive tour and appreciate the real story and mystery of this fascinating place.  On the 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 in 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 in Via Della Polveriera.

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Catacombs of Rome: Bus Tour with Capuchin Crypt

6. Catacombs of Rome: Bus Tour with Capuchin Crypt

Beneath the sun-baked streets of Rome lie cool, shadowed spaces that hide layer upon layer of history. Beat the heat with air-conditioned travel and access directly down into three different, but equally fascinating archaeological finds. Admire the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this network of secret tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of the solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot. Visit the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this somber space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of "the Bone Chapel". Your guide will tell you the theories, but it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions about the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers. Open your eyes to the city’s hidden side – and you’ll never see Rome the same way again.

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Ancient Appian Way: Electric Bike Tour with Catacombs

7. Ancient Appian Way: Electric Bike Tour with Catacombs

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Rome on an e-bike tour of the ancient Via Appia. Travel along the old Roman road into the countryside and through woods and country lanes. Reach the Ancient Appian Way and travel past tombs and the ruins of an Imperial Palace. Along the way, your guide will point out interesting historical facts that will open your eyes to the Rome beyond the monuments. A visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano is included as well. See the Park of the Aqueducts and stop for a little break to cool down in the flowing water from the Aqueduct Felice. Before cycling back, admire the ruins of the archaeological site of Capo di Bove.

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

8. 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.

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Rome: Appia Antica Walking Tour

9. Rome: Appia Antica Walking Tour

Take a guided walking 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. Your guide will reveal interesting historical anecdotes on the ancient ruins of the tombs and the imperial palace that you will meet on the way. See important sites such as the Sepolcro dei Festoni e del Frontespizio, Mausoleo Circolare, Tomb dei Rabiri, Tomb Figli Sesto Pompeo, Torre di Capo di Bove, and the Tomb of Cecilia Metella. 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.

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Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

10. Rome: Catacombs of Rome and Main Basilicas Half-Day Tour

Begin your tour with visits to 2 important basilicas. Discover the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of Rome’s 4 main basilicas and home to the Holy Stairs, a pilgrimage site. Then head to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to see the amazing collection of historic and religious artefacts. Admire the mosaics and the Crypt of the Nativity. Continue along the historic Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis. Arrive at the ancient underground Catacombs of Rome. Explore these remarkable subterranean cemeteries, some dating back to the 2nd century. See historic artwork in the catacombs, and learn about how these underground passageways give insight into the early days of Christianity.

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What people are saying about Appian Way

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 749 reviews

Our family, had a wonderful time with our guide, Klaas, despite heavy rain and a stop to change a punctured tyre. Since there were only 4 of us, Klaas took a lot of time to ensure our safety when crossing the road, share with us his knowledge about Rome and his own experience riding bicycle solo from Europe to Asia. We stopped by to have enjoyable lunch, simple but delicious pasta with great conversation with our guide. After we reached the end of the tour, Klaas shared with us his Dutch snacks. I would recommend Klaas and this company to everyone. They are very professional and even offered to refund us in full, when we were already at their shop, if we chose to cancel it because of the rain forecast. You can tell that they are good people and we glad that we went ahead with it although our shoes were soaking wet and we had to buy 3 new shoes . The e-bikes were in good conditions with front pocket to keep your phone, poncho and water bottles. 5 stars tour

Excellent tour that takes you to so many interesting places in just half a day. The city walls, aqueducts, catacombs, Via Appia, etc. One of the best things we did in Rome! Highly recommended. Prepare for a bumpy ride on Via Appia, but the e-mountain bikes make it easy and fun. Did this tour with my 13-year old and he had a huge smile in his face the whole day. It’s a great activity for families with teens as well.

So fun and clever! Geared for kids, but as a very physically active middle aged person, I still had a lot of fun running around with the youngsters and doing a little swordplay.

Fascinating. Laura was a wonderful guide telling the story of the catacombs.

It was great, but would have liked to have taken pictures.