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Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

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Roma, Italy

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Experience the Roman countryside on this 3-hour tour that combines travel by vehicle and walking. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll explore the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica), an ancient road that leads out of the city. Visit the fascinating Catacombs of San Sebastiano or San Callisto, where you’ll walk through underground tunnels, and be wowed by the sophisticated engineering of the Roman aqueducts.
  • 3-hour morning tour along the Appian Way to Rome’s ancient Catacombs
  • Explore the Italian countryside outside Rome
  • Visit the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano
  • Admire the mighty arches of Rome's ancient aqueducts
  • Your tour combines coach or minivan travel and guided walks
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Admission Fees to the Catacombs of San Callisto
Bus transfer
Headsets available upon request
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Via Cavour, 224, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

9:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your half-day tour into the Roman countryside starts as you leave the city by coach or van to travel along the ancient Appian Way, a road whose history dates back to 312 BC to provide strategic access in and out of the Rome republic.

You’ll make stops to explore the historical sites around the Appian Way on foot, starting with a walk as you leave the southern edge of the city. With your guide, enjoy the scenery and snap a few photos before continuing in your vehicle to one of Rome’s ancient burial sites, either the Catacombs of San Sebastiano or the Catacombs of San Callisto. Follow your guide through the underground tunnels, learning about the burial process during this period of history.

Next, head to the remains of a Roman aqueduct, where you’ll be wowed by the Romans’ masterful use of engineering to bring water into the city. Hear from your guide about why this area was chosen as the site of the aqueducts, and enjoy time for photos before the drive back to Rome, where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Catacombs of Saint Callixtus
The sightseeing tour begins with a comfortable bus ride to the Roman countryside. Here you will discover the beauty that lies outside of Rome, starting with the infamous Catacombs of San Callisto- among the largest and most important in Italy. This underground cemetery and the burial site of 500,000 Christians and dozens of martyrs and popes is divided into two areas – the crypt of St. Cecilia and the Crypt of the Popes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Circus Maximus
We continue by bus through the Roman countryside to the next destination – Circus of Maxentius. Although not as renown as Circus Maximus, this well-preserved structure can be found in the lush Caffarella Park
Stop At:  
Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
Next stop on this undiscovered Rome itinerary is an external visit to the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. Located at the top of a hill along Via Appia, this monumental tomb was built to honor the Roman noblewoman during the 1st century B.C
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Via Appia Antica
We continue with a walk through one of the oldest and most significant streets in the world - the Appian Way. Referred to by Romans as the “Queen of Roads”, Via Appia connected Rome to Brindisi in Southern Italy, serving as the main trade route with Greece and the East. Which is why the Appian Way of 300 B.C. is considered one of the greatest engineering works of Ancient Rome civilization.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • A dress code is required to enter the catacombs. Both shoulders and knees MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nicom Tours

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Be prepared to walk about 4 hours in the sun." See review
  • "Big bus, only a dozen people on it so tons of room." See review

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Fantastic
Traveler314855
, Sep 2019
Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He kidded with the group and made it very pleasurable. Be prepared to walk about 4 hours in the sun.
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Loved!
Sandra R
, Aug 2019
Our guide, Marcello, was excellent! He had a sense of humor and was very knowlegeable about thehistory of the sights. The Catacombs were amazing and it was helpful to see the drawings before we went down. We also enjoyed seeing the aquaducts and the Appian Way.
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Catacombs and Appian way
LightPacker561426
, Jun 2019
Marcelo our guide was very informative and entertaining. Great sense of humor and made us feel very comfortable while answering all of our questions.
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Marcello fantastic.
Juwebbx
, May 2019
The first part of the tour to the catacombs was great, the appian way and the Aquaducts were ok nothing to write home about. However we will give Marcello five stars he was informative, and fun.
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Lovely day
time_for_a_trip77
, Sep 2018
This was a great way to the see the Catacombs and Appian Way. We thought of doing it ourselves but were glad we did a tour. It was a big area and without a tour, I could see us wandering about not knowing where we were supposed to go (like we saw others doing). Our guide, Marcelo, was great. He gave us tips about Rome and we sort of wished we had done this within our first few days there rather than towards the end.
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Wonderful walking along the Roman...
Roderick C
, Apr 2018
Wonderful walking along the Roman road and viewing the countryside. Very informative excellent guide
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This tour was well worth the money I...
Janet W
, Mar 2018
This tour was well worth the money I would definitely do it again and the tour guide was brilliant
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This tour started with a bus trip to...
Paul R
, Jan 2018
This tour started with a bus trip to the Catacombs. The trip was interesting to see other parts of Rome besides the central tourist bits. The Catacombs were interesting but not top level exciting. Still worth a look. Probably was expecting a lot of bones but none there. Then had a look at a bit of the Appian Way then to a section of aqueduct. All interesting and well presented and described. Not to much walking, about the right amount. Nice to sit in the bus for short trips as well. Big bus, only a dozen people on it so tons of room. A nice morning.
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Office staff not friendly, but tour...
Gaye D
, Nov 2017
Office staff not friendly, but tour guide good. Arrived at catacombs early before crowds. Walked part and bussed part. Aqueducts amazing'
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Mariah was a superb tour guide. She...
blueboro
, Nov 2017
Mariah was a superb tour guide. She speaks several different languages and the tour was both informative and entertaining. She spoke individually to all the tour guests and even helped us find restaurants after the tour was finished. Would definitely recommend this tour and especially Mariah.
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