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Appian Way and Aurelian Walls (Via Appia Antica e Mure Aureliane) Tours

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Appian Way and Aurelian Walls (Via Appia Antica e Mure Aureliane)
The Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) was the first and most important Imperial Roman road, stretching from Rome to Brindisi. The cobblestone road—built in the fourth century BC to transport supplies and soldiers to strategic points throughout the Roman Empire—still exists today, lined with archaeological sites and impressive ruins.

The Basics
Named for architect Appius Claudius Caecus, the Appian Way was one of Rome’s main highways for centuries. As the empire began its decline in the third century and Rome experienced barbarian attacks, the Aurelian Walls (Mure Aureliane) were erected around the city’s seven hills for protection. These defensive walls had a number of gates, including Porta Appia (or Porta San Sebastiano), which today contains a museum about the Aurelian Walls.

A guided walking or bike tour down the Appian Way from the Aurelian Walls through the Ancient Appian Way Regional Park and Caffarella Park is the perfect way to explore this historic road and the ancient sites along its route through the Roman countryside. Appian Way tours include stops at sites like the thermal baths of Caracalla, the early Christian San Callisto Catacombs, the Circus of Maxentius, the tomb of Caecilia Metella, and the ancient Roman aqueducts. You can also join a guided small-group bus tour to explore the ancient road from central Rome.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you are joining a hiking or cycling tour, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • The Appian Way and sites along its route are all open-air, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
  • Some of the archaeological sites along the route require an entrance fee.

How to Get There
Metro line A has a stop at Parco Appia Antica, close to the entrance for Via Appia Park. 

When to Get There
The Appian Way and its sights are almost entirely outside, so it’s best to visit in the spring and fall when the weather is mild. It takes anywhere from a few hours to an entire day to explore the route on foot or bike, so plan on setting off in the morning.

Parco Regionale della Via Appia Antica
The initial stretch of the Appian Way, just outside Rome’s city center, is part of a regional park, and many of the archaeological sites along the route are located within the park’s confines. 
Address: Via Appia Antica, Italy
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Appian Way in Rome 3-Hour Bike Tour

Appian Way in Rome 3-Hour Bike Tour

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Venture outside the city center to explore some of Rome’s lesser-known but most impressive imperial attractions on this small-group bike tour. Cycle along the legendary Appian Way, an ancient military road that winds through the countryside and connects Rome with the coastal city of Brindisi.
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  • 3 hours
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$54.60
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E-Bike Tour to Rome Ancient Appian Way

E-Bike Tour to Rome Ancient Appian Way

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Escape the bustle of the capital on this family-friendly cycling journey along the ancient Appian Way, one of Rome’s very first paved roads. Hop on an electric-powered bicycle, giving your legs a break from pedaling as you follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans. You’ll pass ornate mansions, centuries-old statues and tombs, catacombs, and an aqueduct from antiquity.
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  • 4 hours
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$58.24
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Appian Way Vespa Rome Tour

Appian Way Vespa Rome Tour

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Explore Italy's capital city by Vespa along the great Apian Way, one of the most important roads of ancient Rome. Rev up your engine for this exciting tour, which leads you past early roman tombs and Christian catacombs, churches such as Domini Quo Vadis and the Circus of Maxentius, an exquisitely preserved Roman circus built between AD 306 and 312. Get out of the city center to experience the local countryside, learning about local sights and attractions from your expert guide as you go.
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  • 4 hours
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$212.34
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$212.34
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Electric Bicycle Small Group Tour - Regina Viarum Appian Way

Electric Bicycle Small Group Tour - Regina Viarum Appian Way

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Follow the route of conquering Roman armies on an electric bike tour of the ancient Appian Way and other Eternal City highlights. Learn the history of this important military road and other landmarks of the mighty empire like the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and Cecilia Metella Mausoleum, listening to your guide’s live commentary through an audio headset. Enjoy a battery-powered boost to cover long distances with ease, and break along the way to sample authentic Roman coffee and gelato.
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  • 3 hours
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$66.73
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Private e-Bike Tour - Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts

Private e-Bike Tour - Appian Way, Catacombs and Aqueducts

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Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-hour electric bike tour. Your route is Via Appia (Appia Antica), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. Follow your local guide through imposing aqueducts, landmarks such as Catacombs of San Callisto, Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, Quo Vadis and cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. Furthermore, you decide whether to have access to one of the Catacombs on the Appia Antica by choosing the 5-hour tour options. ON REQUEST: FREE Baby Seat up to 20 kg ON REQUEST: FREE Kids Camellino up to 139cm
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  • 3 hours
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$91.68
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Christianity in the Ancient Rome Private Tour

Christianity in the Ancient Rome Private Tour

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Explore some of the history of Christianity in Ancient Rome on this private tour to some of the city’s many churches. Learn about the time that St Peter and St Paul spent in Rome, including their imprisonment during the reign of Roman Emperor Nero; visit the Basilica of St Sabina, an early Christian landmark; and see the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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  • 7 hours
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$322.30
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Appia Antica Bike Tour

Appia Antica Bike Tour

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Trade the bustle of the big city for a day out amidst greenery and ancient monuments on this half-day cycling tour. Your route is the Appian Way (Appia Antica)—a road which leads southeast of Rome, and which was one of the city’s most important ancient thoroughfares. Follow your guide past imposing aqueducts, see key landmarks like the Catacombs of San Callisto, and ride through the Appian Way Regional Park.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$50.96
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Private 6-hour Bike Tour: Appian Way and Aqueducts Park

Private 6-hour Bike Tour: Appian Way and Aqueducts Park

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Take a break from city crowds on a private cycling tour that follows in the footsteps of the ancient Romans. Your guide eliminates the hassle of navigating unfamiliar territory on your own, and brings you to landmarks and historic sites outside the city that visitors often miss. After a working up an appetite, cap the tour with a sit-down meal at an authentic Italian restaurant.
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  • 6 hours
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$151.67
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Private Tour: Christian Rome

Private Tour: Christian Rome

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Step into the early days of Christian history on a private, 6-hour tour of Rome’s holy sites, and experience the city where Constantine, St. Peter and St. Paul lived and preached. Discover the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and Pontius Pilate's steps, an important pilgrimage site. See millennia-old relics treasured by saints and Popes, then head to the below-ground Catacombs for a tour of the tunnels where generations of Christian martyrs were buried and remembered.
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  • 6 hours
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$426.56
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Private Appian Way (Appia Antica) Tour in Rome by Golf Cart

Private Appian Way (Appia Antica) Tour in Rome by Golf Cart

Rome’s Appian Way (Appia Antica) is home to some of the city’s most fascinating Roman ruins, but many of the archeological sites are too far to walk to from the city. This private 3-hour tour ensures an easy ride aboard an electric golf cart, stopping to take in highlights such as the Villa di Massenzio, Villa Capo di Bove, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and the Catacombs of San Callisto.
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  • 3 hours
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$438.16
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3-Hour Rome Small-Group Sightseeing Tour by Vespa

3-Hour Rome Small-Group Sightseeing Tour by Vespa

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When in Rome, travel like a Roman aboard a vintage Vespa on this 3-hour tour. Hop aboard your classic scooter and follow your guide on a scenic route around the Aurelian Walls, along the Tiber riverfront, and out to explore the ancient ruins of the Appian Way and the idyllic Orange Garden of Aventine Hill.
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  • 3 hours
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$183.28
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Ancient Appian Way PRIVATE e-bike Tour

Ancient Appian Way PRIVATE e-bike Tour

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Escape the bustle of the capital and explore leafy, lesser-known attractions surrounding Rome on this half-day tour of the Ancient Appian Way on an electric-powered bicycle. Get a first-hand peek at the Eternal City’s ancient aqueducts, and enjoy a mix of history, nature, and art. Tours include a lunch stop at a traditional trattoria, at your own expense.
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  • 4 hours
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$117.69
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Bike Rental: Appia Antica Regional Park in Rome

Bike Rental: Appia Antica Regional Park in Rome

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Cruise through Rome on two wheels with this cycle through the Appia Antica Regional Park. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and cover ground quickly as you explore the bicycle trails of this ancient highway, home to several historic landmarks including the Villa of Massenzio. Helmets and locks are included.  
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  • 1 to 7 hours
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From Rome to Frascati, for a wine tour on a classic Fiat 500

From Rome to Frascati, for a wine tour on a classic Fiat 500

An ancient way leaves the Southern edges of Rome centre, leading to the sweet hillside of Castel Gandolfo and Frascati: it is the Via Appia, whose park hosts some remarkable Roman remains such as villas, tombs and majestic aqueducts. This private tour will allow you to ride along these astonishing landmarks, enjoying the unique charm of a classic Fiat 500, one of the icons of Italian car industry of the Fifties. Once at destination, you will have the chance to taste another excellence: the Frascati DOC, a fresh and dry white wine. A further snack, with an ice cream or a coffee, will make the afternoon, back to Rome, even sweeter.
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  • 7 hours
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$674.09
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Private Bike Tour in Rome with Local Expert

Private Bike Tour in Rome with Local Expert

Hop on a bike and cycle through the majestic Roman legacy in a company of private guide on this 4-hour bike tour. Marvel at the layers of Roman architecture - from the modest remnants of Via Portico d'Ottavia to striking Renaissance fountains and Baroque masterpieces on city squares. Enjoy brilliant storyteller’s skills of your guide. Stop to take memorable photos and taste a glass of domestic wine. · Get a truly unique experience and explore every hidden corner of Rome on a half-day bike tour · Explore Roman hidden gems that won't appear in a tourist guidebook · Take a stunning photo of majestic Colosseum · Bike and helmet rental included
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  • 4 hours
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$140.00
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Christian Rome with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Christian Rome with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Rome is a city that is rich in history and has remained one of the most visited cities by Christians from around the globe. From Caesar and Pontius Pilate, to St. Paul and the Apostles, visitors will find that our Christian Rome Tour allows them to walk in the footsteps of the Saints. The Christian Rome Tour combines some of Rome’s most significant and incredible churches that have inspired pilgrims and visitors for centuries, with top historic sites, monuments, lively piazzas, and museums that you expect to see in the Eternal City for an exciting tour experience in Rome From the cruise port your tour will start with an easy and comfortable drive to Rome that will take approximately 90 minutes. During this time, your private driver will point out various points of interest along the way and answer any questions that you may have about your day. This is as Tour By Car with English Speaking Driver it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours Your driver is NOT a licensed tour guide.
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  • 9 hours
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$823.17
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Christian Rome with Driver Private Tour from your Hotel in Rome

Christian Rome with Driver Private Tour from your Hotel in Rome

Rome is a city that is rich in history and has remained one of the most visited cities by Christians from around the globe. From Caesar and Pontius Pilate, to St. Paul and the Apostles, visitors will find that our Christian Rome Tour allows them to walk in the footsteps of the Saints. The Christian Rome Tour combines some of Rome’s most significant and incredible churches that have inspired pilgrims and visitors for centuries, with top historic sites, monuments, lively piazzas, and museums that you expect to see in the Eternal City for an exciting tour experience in Rome. Through this tour, you get the best of both worlds in one single day. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours) Your driver is NOT a licensed tour guide.
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  • 8 hours
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$633.65
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7 Wonders of Ancient Rome with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

7 Wonders of Ancient Rome with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Experience living history and explore the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome as you walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors, generals, and gladiators on this exciting day tour from Rome. Rome was the last of the greatest ancient civilizations that had the most profound impact on today’s architecture, engineering, politics, and entertainment among many others, leaving behind iconic monuments testament to Roman awe-inspiring achievements. You will be driven by your own personal English speaking Driver inside a comfortable deluxe vehicle as you travel back through distant history and venture through Ancient Rome’s unforgettable ancient wonders: Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla, Via Appia, Park of the Acqueducts, Pantheon, and Trajan’s Forum. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours). Your driver is NOT a licensed tour guide.
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  • 9 hours
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$842.61
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7 Wonders of Ancient with Driver Rome Private Tour from your Hotel in Rome

7 Wonders of Ancient with Driver Rome Private Tour from your Hotel in Rome

Experience living history and explore the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome as you walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors, generals, and gladiators on this exciting day tour from Rome. Rome was the last of the greatest ancient civilizations that had the most profound impact on today’s architecture, engineering, politics, and entertainment among many others, leaving behind iconic monuments testament to Roman awe-inspiring achievements. You will be driven by your own personal English speaking Driver inside a comfortable deluxe vehicle as you travel back through distant history and venture through Ancient Rome’s unforgettable ancient wonders: Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla, Via Appia, Park of the Acqueducts, Pantheon, and Trajan’s Forum. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours). Your driver is NOT a licensed tour guide.
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  • 8 hours
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$640.38
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Appian Way Catacombs and Acqueducts with lunch

Appian Way Catacombs and Acqueducts with lunch

Spend a full day covering the most important sites in Rome on this tour aboard a Ninebot or Segway. Riding one of these vehicles allows you to easily cover many sites in a single day without breaking a sweat or being trapped behind the glass windows of a huge tour bus. Along the way, listen to in-depth guided commentary from your guide during stops at Trastevere, the Colisseum, the Circus Maximus, and others.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.13
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Mountain bike tour

Mountain bike tour

Take a ride on a mountain bike to explore the countryside of Rome and enjoy the numerous vantage points and hills of this ancient area.
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  • 5 hours
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$145.60
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A day in the roman countryside - Art, Food and Fun!

A day in the roman countryside - Art, Food and Fun!

A private tour customized for you and your friends/family to discover the Roman countryside, known as "Castelli Romani", an area so close to Rome but still completely off the beaten paths where you can enjoy a real day with locals, visit the Pope's Palace in Castel Gandolfo exceptionally open to public for the first time in 400 years and try some of the best specialties of the area with food and wine tasting.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$849.34
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Appia Antica and Caffarella Valley Bike Tour

Appia Antica and Caffarella Valley Bike Tour

Escape the bustle of the capital and head out by bike along an ancient route, taken by Romans for millennia. On this half-day, small-group cycling tour, you’ll travel along the Appia Antica toward the treasures of the Caffarella Valley. Guided, art historian-led tours include interior visits of the Villa Capo di Bove and Villa of Massenzio.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.12
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ALONG ROME'S EMPIRE ROADS-English Speaking Driver-Ostia Antica 2 hr Private tour

ALONG ROME'S EMPIRE ROADS-English Speaking Driver-Ostia Antica 2 hr Private tour

Drive Along Two ancient Roman roads, still used in modern day: Via Ostiensis (modern day name Via Ostiense), and Via Appia (the ancient portion of the road known as Ancient Appian Way). Both Roman roads take you from Rome to some incredible places that you will discover during this exciting Tour!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$800.81
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