Parco degli Acquedotti

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Roman Countryside: Private e-Bike or MTB Tour

1. Roman Countryside: Private e-Bike or MTB 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

2. 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 Off-the-Beaten Path 3.5-hour Walking Tour

3. Rome Off-the-Beaten Path 3.5-hour Walking Tour

Your 3.5-hour tour begins in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto, one of the most important, but greatly ignored neighborhoods in the city. With roots dating back to the mid-16th century, the area was integral to the development of Roman culture and cuisine, and home to important landmarks such as the Teatro Marcello, which is also known as the Jewish Colosseum. Next, you’ll make quick stops at the famous Mouth of Truth (stick your hand in and tell a lie if you dare). Then you’ll leave the city proper in search of the Appian Way, the most frequented thoroughfare of ancient Rome. Walk along the original paving stones as your expert guide tells you stories about the thriving Empire. From the veneration of Emperor Augustus to the crucifixion of Spartacus, this road played a central role in many of Rome’s greatest events. Your trip outside the walls will take you past the Park of the Aqueducts. Marvel at the giant structures that once provided Rome with fresh running water on demand. Afterwards, head off the beaten path to to Tiber Island, the boat-shaped island which has connected both sides of the Tiber River since antiquity. Onwards, experience some of the lesser-known spots in bohemian Trastevere, starting with a visit and tasting at a historical bakery. Pop into the church of Santa Cecilia, a magnificent complex built upon a 5th-century Basilica, before heading to Testaccio Market, where you'll try a typical roman pasta with a soft drink included.

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

4. 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: Running Tour in Park of the Aqueducts

5. 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: Appian Way E-Bike Tour with Picnic Lunch

6. Rome: Appian Way E-Bike Tour with Picnic Lunch

After having your bicycle allocated and being introduced to your group, your guide will start by leading you through the Circus Maximus. This is a great opportunity to test your bike and make sure you are comfortable for the rest of the tour. The first leg of the tour is along the Appian Way, an ancient Roman road running through the countryside past Roman tombs and villas. Peddle to the old city walls and the gate of St. Sebastian. It is said that St. Peter was to have passed through here on his way out of Rome. Following a short stretch along cobbled paving stones and past the obscured ruins of an old Roman villa, reach the first real breath of fresh air in the sanctuary of the Catacombs of St. Callisto. Admire the Catacombs of St. Callisto from the outside, and listen as your guide describes the importance of this ancient Christian site. Cycling a bit further, arrive at the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and the first stretch of original stone paving used to build the Appian Way. Continue over this 2,300-year-old road to get the most out of your Appian Way Bike Tour experience. There are trails and paths running alongside this bumpy road allowing the group to bike easily for most of the way until reaching the Park of the Aqueducts. At the Park of the Aqueducts, get up close to the ruins of Rome's most impressive aqueduct, the Aqueduct Claudius. It towers overhead and offers an amazing backdrop throughout this second leg of the tour as you make your way to Cafarella Valley. Visit a natural spring for a scenic break in Cafarella Valley. These sacred woods were once the home to Roman villas and farms. Today, it's a great place to see all the locals out running and exercising. At the natural spring, enjoy time to choose something to eat (food not included) and try some of the mineral water, all the while being surrounded by local life as the Romans come to fill up their bottles from the spring.

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What people are saying about Parco degli Acquedotti

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 600 reviews

This was a great tour to have booked! If you take the metro to get there, it's super easy to walk from the nearest metro station to the bike shop (or you can taxi/uber). Glenn was our tour guide, and he was fantastic! It's an absolutely beautiful trail you ride on, with plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the scenery, take some photos, and hear a little about the history of the Appian Way. We stopped to see a few of the ancient aqueducts as well! One of my favorite parts was where we stopped for lunch - it's a small local-run market type of area, with several local vendors selling fresh fruit, delicious wine, and many other choices for whatever you're looking to eat! There are bathrooms and a place to fill up your water bottle here as well. Glenn seemed to know some of the vendors and introduced me to one of them, where I tried their wine and chatted for a bit (he helped translate for me!) Overall, I would book this tour again and recommend you do too!

What an amazing and refreshing way to spend Sunday morning! My kids aged 11 and 14 can’t stop talking about it. We had so much fun. E-bikes were easy to use, in perfect condition and our guide Leopold gave us all the necessary insights into history along the way and enough stops to take photos. Our group was small which made it perfect for all to feel safe and well taken care of. The Appian way and the aqueduct park are so picturesque and so beautiful! I will definitely recommend this tour to all my friends visiting Rome especially with teens and will do it myself again next time here! Oh and the lunch stop in the village market was another great plus. We sampled cheese, olives, cold cuts, sweets and ended up having tasty lunch. Best day in Rome!

TopBike’s tour of the Appian Way with our guide Alessandro, was a highlight of our Italian trip. Safe, informative, and fun- Alessandro guided our small group through city streets, ancient roads, and country side with ease and humor. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome, and we would absolutely do it again.

It was very enjoyable and Glen was very knowledgeable about the area. It was a beautiful ride. Be sure you can keep up as we did zip along in some areas and it can get bumpy. It was really nice to get away from the crowds.

Beautiful route. Nice guide! Very varied and a nice break from the busy city.