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Appia Antica Full Day – Rome to Castel Gandolfo

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Full Day
Availability : Year Round
Rome
Castel Gandolfo
Min Age : 14
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Take a bike tour to the Volcanic Hills south east of Rome for a day tour. 

Following the Appian Way to the south from Rome in the direction of the Lazio Volcano will lead you to the volcanic lake of Albano. Once a source of water for the ancient romans, this lake today is home to many small towns and a papal village overlooking its waters from up high. 

The culture and traditions of the Castelli Romani as they are known locally, is still evident as many of the towns celebrate a speciality: White Wine from Frascati, Porchetta from Arriccia or Strawberries from Nemi, not forgetting Castel Gandolfo which is famous for its Papal Villa and Gardens

So having cycled the Appian Way from Rome, we will arrive at the lake settled in the crater and then cycle up to Castel Gandolfo for lunch. Its possibile to go cycling through the woods of Castelli Romani, a protected park of about 9500 on our Overnight Bike Trip (please see Deviations/Adaptions). 

For the remaining time available, we can take a stroll through the Pontifical Gardens of Castel Gandolfo if you choose this option when booking. 

Otherwise its a downhill ride back into Rome along the Appian Way. 

  • Cycle the entire length of the remaining Appian Way
  • Reach the 15th/16th & 17th Mile of the original road
  • See the Countryside and Vineyards of the Volcanic Hills
  • Arrive at the Lake of Albano nestled in the Volcano
  • Cycle up to the top of the Volcano
  • Visit the town of Castel Gandolfo for lunch
  • Enjoy a  traditional “porchetta Sandwich ” overlooking the lake
  • Cycle back downhill into Rome along the Appian Way
  • Total Distance: 50kms
  • Max Time: 7 Hours
  • Total Elevation: 500 metres
  • Terrain: Off-road
  • Traffic: Limited
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Experience Type: Adventure

This tour can also be combined with a visit to the following areas: 

  1. Catacombs of St. Callisto – Since they are en-route its totally feasibile to stop and visit them along the way. 
  2. Paganelli Ristorante – This VIP restuarant with an amazing selection of wines in a cellar dug from the rock can be chosen instead of a porchetta sandwich for lunch. 
  3. Castelli Romani Woods  – Some great trails for off-road mountain biking can be included on an Overnight Stay
  4. Overnight Stays – Why not spend a night up in the hills overlooking the volcanic lake? Read more about possibile overnight stays here.