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The Best Appian Way Bike Tours: 1 Way to Escape Rome

Cycling to the Appian Way and visiting the Catacombs of Rome has got to be one of the top things to do in Rome! Taking a bike tour to the Appian Way leads you away from busy city center and into the roman countryside, making it ideal for a quick getaway from Rome. Read more about what there is to see to see, Terms and Conditions for Bike Tours how long it takes and FAQ in this article dedicated to one of the best things to do in Rome.

A Guide to Escaping Rome and Exploring Roman Ruins

What is the Appian Way Bike Tour?

The Appian Way Bike Tour is something you can do in Rome. It starts from near the Circus Maximus – The Appian Way Bike Tour Departure Point – and takes you to the roman countryside. It is an ideal way to escape the busy center of Rome for a relaxing experience in the countryside.

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How difficult is it to cycle along the Appian Way?

Caution needs to exercised when cycling along the Appian Way due to sections of the original Appian Way, paved by the romans with blocks of basalt rock.

What is the duration of the bike tour?

Between 4-5 hours if you include a visit to the Catacombs

Are there any restrictions for participants?

It is not suitable for neonati (just born children) due to the bumpy road, it also might not be a good idea if you have back problems or balance issues.

The Best Way to Exercise in Rome

Bike instead of hike

Being able to start from Rome by bicycle and reach the countryside easily, whilst avoiding traffic and crowded areas makes The Appian Way Bike Tour the perfect way to do some exercise in Rome.

Health benefits of exploring the roman countryside

Cycling the tree lined path that the Romans laid thousands of years ago past through fields, along dirt trails and cobbled roads is a great combination of healthy living and exercise. It will help you to feel relaxed and you will return to Rome feeling energized.

Major Attractions Visited During the Tour

There are many sites of interest, places that are mentioned in guide books as well as the bible.

The Walls of Rome and St. Sebastian’s Gate

Gate of St. Sebastian, beginning of Appian Way in Rome.
Gate of St. Sebastian

The first thing you will reach is the ancient city walls and the gate through Saints Peter and Paul would have passed.

Roman tombs

Running alongside this ancient roman road were many pagan tombs as well as temples, inns and even bath houses much of which are now ruins lining the Appian Way. One tomb worth noting is that of Cecilia Metella since its still intact with white stone lining its walls.

Medieval Ruins

One of the most notable ruins along the Appian Way is the Castrum of the Caetani, since it would be this noble family and the tax they imposed upon travelers/traders to reach Rome that changed the course of history. (read about the history of the Appian Way)

Catacombs of the Early Christians

During a Bike Tour of The Appian Way, you can stop for a visit to one of the many catacombs of Rome. These sites were the start of the christian community that would take control of the roman empire.

The Park of the Aqueducts

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Perhaps the most scenic park in the world, it has got remains of 6 of Roman Aqueducts plus a current aqueduct still working. Visit this on the Appian Way Bike Tour to cycle alongside the aqueducts.

Possible Itineraries

Half-day tour: Exploring the essentials

Appian Way eBike Tour with Catacombs visit and Market Lunch

Appian Way Sunset eBike Tour

Full-day tour: Immersive experience

Appia Antica Full Day – Rome to Castel Gandolfo

Conclusion and Further Reading

As for the rest of what there is to see and do along the Appian Way Bike Tour, once you are on your way back to Rome you can enjoy a picnic style lunch in the shade of eucalyptus trees at the Sant Egeria natural spring. This little secret site along The Appian Way Bike Tour is a haven for locals for its good food, healthy water and relaxing environment.

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If you have heard enough and want to join us for our Official Appian Way Bike Tour, then get in touch or book a tour online. Please remember to sign this waiver prior to arrival:

Robert Hjulbäck
Robert Hjulbäck
Awsome custom MTB ride around Lago di Martignano. Great flexibility and skilled guide! Highly recomend!
Todd Kuiper
Todd Kuiper
We were finishing up a three week european vacation. On our last day we decided to go out with a bang and do something my wife had been hoping to do..see the Roman countryside. We rented with Glenn and the red bicycle. He was on time and got us all situated on our bikes..he made sure we knew how to work the ebikes..gears and all. Our ride itself was wonderful. The countryside was beautiful. Glenn was very knowledgeable and showed us great things we wouldn't have seen. The ride was a highlight of our trip. Can't recommend him enough.
Really great service and bikes are in good shape.
Daniele Gabellini
Daniele Gabellini
Disponibile e fornisce validi consigli.
Filippo Pentimone
Filippo Pentimone
Ottimo servizio! Incantevoli escursioni con le strepitose biciclette, sia e-bike che muscolari, del simpaticissimo Glen!
Pier Francesco Demurtas
Pier Francesco Demurtas
Io e la mia ragazza abbiamo noleggiato due ebike e, seguendo i loro consiglio, abbiamo fatto un bellissimo giro tra il lago di Bracciano e quello di Martignano. Essendoci alcuni punti in pendenza l'ebike è stata utilissima. Sicuramente da ripetere!


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