Rome on Wheels

Appian Way Bike Tour | Private

Explore Rome's first road and the treasures that line it the right way.

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    On Request

  • Duration

    3-4 hours

  • Start time

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  • Private tour

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Why Choose it?

  • Explore Rome the best way - with the speed and comfort of a bike.
  • Experience the absolute freedom of going where you want
  • Enjoy the knowledge and attention of your private expert guide.

Tour description

Cycling down the Appian Way is among the best experiences in Rome. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, you have free run of the countryside. Explore the environs of this regional park, cycle down its 2,300-year-old path, and feel the breeze cool you down this summer as you journey down the Via Appia Antica. 

Discover many other millennia-old monuments during the course of your intermediate-level bike ride. Accompanied by your private, English-speaking guide, you'll be making stops at the Colosseum and Roman Forum to soak in the sights. We won't be stopping off, however, as this tour is for discovering Rome's wealth of outdoor treasures.

Venture outside Rome's ancient walls and hit the ancient highway

We'll pass several ancient churches, and a number of Roman tombs and ruins as we make our way down the ancient cobblestones of the Appian Way. Here, we'll pass tombs and monuments few travelers to Rome even know exist, but which are some of the most moving.

Pass by the Tomb of the Scipios, one of the oldest families in Rome whose descendants met Hannibal in battle. Make your way along the Via Appia Antica, approaching the best-preserved gate in Rome's Aurelian Walls, and make your way towards the countryside.

Discover Rome's ancient ramparts at Porta San Sebastiano

Ancient Rome was surrounded by walls - first the Servian Wall, then the Aurelian Wall. Sections of both survive, the the latter obviously bears slightly more fruit. We'll be visiting the best preserved section of the Aurelian Wall at the Appian Gate, otherwise known as Porta San Sebastiano.

From here we'll journey down the Appian Way - one of the first roads leading to Rome. Lined with many pagan and Christian tombs, the Appian Way is incredibly atmospheric. We'll soak in this atmosphere as we make the scenic journey down its 2,400-year-old Roman cobblestones.

Admire the Villa of Maxentius, the emperor killed by Constantine

Cycle in the shadow of the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, a relative of Caesar's ally Crassus, whose wealth is evident from the proportions of her tomb. Lord Byron was overcome by its beauty, and committed his feelings to verse. Follow in the Romantic poet's footsteps as its proportions overwhelm you too.

This tour will give you perhaps the best views of Rome's ancient hills, as well as the colossal Aurelian Walls that still surround the city. We recommend taking the Appian Way Bike Tour on Sundays and public holidays, as the park in which the Appian Way is situated is closed to traffic. 

Customize your tour by visiting a Roman catacomb

Entry into the San Callisto or San Domitilla Catacombs can be added at additional cost. On request, this tour can be customized and instead of the old Appian Way, you can bike through the centre of Rome to admire some of the most famous icons of the Eternal City.

This tour can also be customized to include any of the sites and tombs along the Appian Way. Please note that some sites, like the Tomb of the Scipios, are open only with reservations.

included:

Expert local guide
Bikes at disposal
Helmet

itinerary:

  • Old Appian Way
  • Catacomb of San Callisto or San Domitilla (optional)

Kids friendly:

This tour is kids friendly, your children are welcome

meeting point:

Campo de' Fiori (we will provide specific address of bike shop)

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excellent guides

Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!