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Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

1. Rome: 2-Hour Gladiator School

Train to be a gladiator at a school in Rome! Go back to school, but a school with a difference! Take this fun 2-hour course at a gladiator school on the ancient Via Appia in Rome, and learn to be a Roman fighter. Suitable for children and adults both, you will live like a warrior for 2 hours, wearing the gladiator tunic and mastering the skills of swordplay – safely of course. After an introduction to Roman history, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial swords fighting. Each session includes a description of life as a gladiator and top tips on techniques with Roman weapons. Enjoy a unique experience!

Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

2. Rome: Guided Roman Catacombs Tour with Transfers

Uncover the secrets hidden the dark depths of the the Domitilla catacombs on this guided tour in Rome. Enjoy the convenience of a transfer from a centrally-located meeting point in the city. Learn about early Christian history and see the underground Basilica of Nereus. Meet your guide in the city center and head towards the Appian Way in a comfortable minivan. Reach one of the largest and oldest catacombs of Rome and venture 52 feet (16 meters) below the surface into the otherworldly crypts of Domitilla. Explore its endless maze of underground burial chambers, spread across 4 levels. Be captivated by ancient wall paintings of mythological and biblical figures and discover the religious symbolism of the frescoes. Learn about the shift from paganism to Christianity and hear about early martyrs and persecutions. Live the excitement of gradually exploring different layers of history. Complete your underworld experience in the 4th-century subterranean Basilica of Nereus and Achilleus. Then jump back in the minivan return to the city center.

Appia Antica: Full Day Bike Rental with Customizable Routes

3. Appia Antica: Full Day Bike Rental with Customizable Routes

Make the most of your time in Rome by getting into off the beaten path on a bike ride through Appian Way Regional Park. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and stop when you want at the highlights of the Appian Way.  Discover one of the most beautiful protected areas in Rome far away from hustle and bustle of the city. Bike along safe paths in the Appia Antica Park and see the sighs from this perspective or travel along original cobblestones at your own pace.

Rome: e-Bike Tour Through Via Appia Antica

4. Rome: e-Bike Tour Through Via Appia Antica

Meet your group near St. Maria Maggiore and begin your cycle through Rome on a Bosch e-MTB full suspension bike or Fat e-Bike. Cycle down the Appian Way, also known as the Queen of the long roads towards Via Appia Antica. Ride through the park and pass some of the many monuments that fill the tranquil park. Pass by ancient ruins as you explore the park and try some typical Roman food. Afterward, ride alongside the Great Roman Aqueduct.

Rome: Appian Way Sunset Ebike Tour with Catacombs and drink

5. Rome: Appian Way Sunset Ebike Tour with Catacombs and drink

Get out of the city and into the countryside for a few hours in the evening. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Rome and see what remains of the ancient roman aquaducts, catacombs and the Appian Way. Cycle along this ancient Roman road that runs out into the countryside as the sun starts to set over the fields, stopping to visit the Catacombs of St Callisto. Once your tour of the Catacombs is finished, rejoin the group to continue cycling to the Park of the Aquaducts. Get up close to these magnificent structures, following their path back into Rome. Along the way back, cycle through the Cafarella Valley where we find remains of a pagan temple dedicated to the deity Egeria, a water goddess. Stop in the area near the Ninfeo Egeria to make your own Mojito, using fresh mint picked from the fields. Some snacks and crisps will be made available as well. Return to the Circus Maximus.

Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

6. Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which also includes a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

Rome: Murder Mysteries of Rome, Ghostly Tour

7. Rome: Murder Mysteries of Rome, Ghostly Tour

Discover Rome's dark side with this haunting experience. The 2800-year-old city is home to countless unsavory secrets. Prepare to be chilled to the bone with our ghastly experience. Uncover the stories of Rome's ghostly past, from poisonings to cultist monks. Come prepared to be thrilled and look over your shoulder as we lead you through the labyrinthic back streets of Rome. We will see some of Rome's historic central sites in a different light. We will also see some incredible hidden gems. This group is a maximum of 13 people to keep the experience nice and personal.

Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Sightseeing Guided Tour

8. Rome: Golf Cart Catacombs & City Sightseeing Guided Tour

See the highlights of Rome without breaking a sweat as you zip around the city in a golf cart on a private tour. Marvel at Trajan's Column, Piazza Venezia, and many more of Rome's top attractions. Meet your guide on one of the city's quieter side streets and get ready to discover Rome's most iconic sights. You'll also be provided with a headset to make sure you can hear your guide the whole time. Stop at important landmarks, including Trajan's Column, Piazza Bocca della Verità, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, Circus of Maxentius, the Colosseum, and more. Spend between 5 and 10 minutes at each of these sites and learn about each location from your guide. Then, go underground to see Rome's ancient catacombs and crypts. Discover this immense underground cemetery and learn about its origin and decline. Your tour ends back in the quiet side road where it began.

Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

9. Rome: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

Explore Rome at your own pace with the Go City Rome Explorer Pass. Choose from 2 to 7 attractions and tours from a list of over 30 options including the Colosseum, a hop-on hop-off bus tour, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and more. With a full 60 days to use your pass from your first attraction visit or tour, you'll have plenty of time to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, join a wine tasting by the Colosseum, enjoy a classical music concert, or go bike riding among ancient Roman ruins. Avoid the hassle of having to buy individual attraction tickets each time, with the Rome Explorer Pass it's all right there on your phone! Enjoy a complimentary digital guide packed with attraction information and instructions on booking your visits. To redeem, simply display your pass on your mobile device (or print it at home) at the ticket office or gate for free admission. Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from the following: (R) Reservations required. Follow the instructions on the digital guide for each attraction or tour. Cultural and Historical Sights • Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with audio tour, hosted entry, and multimedia video (R) • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - reserved entrance (R) • St. Peter's Basilica Guided Tour • Borghese Gallery and City Guide app (R) • Castel Sant' Angelo with audio guide (R) • Capitolini Museum with hosted entry (R) • Altar of the Fatherland Panoramic View (R) • Pantheon Guided Tour (R) Other Tours and Experiences • Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off 1-Day Classic Tour • Rome Catacombs Tour including transfer (R) • Piazza Navona Underground • Pizza Terrace Dinner in the Prati District (R) • Delicious Pasta Menu by Trevi Fountain (R) • Best of Rome at Twilight (R) • Wine tasting with a certified sommelier by the Colosseum • Colosseum Exterior VR Experience (R) • Circus Maximus Virtual Reality Game (R) • Bike rental with Caracalla Baths (R) • Ancient Via Appia Antica by Bike • The Three Tenors in Concert with Ballet - St. Paul's Church • Museo delle Cere (Wax Museum) • Welcome to Rome Show • Leonardo Da Vinci Experience • Vivaldi's Four Seasons Meets Bach's Masterpieces • Trevi District Underground: Small Aqueduct Domus (R) • Vigamus - Video Game Museum • Bike rental with Circo Massimo experience (R) • Empresses, Emperors and Courtesans Tour (R) Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction list including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go. The most popular attractions in Rome can get particularly busy, especially doing holiday periods, so booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment.

Rome: Full-Day Vespa Scooter Rental

10. Rome: Full-Day Vespa Scooter Rental

Explore the streets of Rome on a stylish Vespa scooter with this simple rental service. Get free assistance inside the highway belt of Rome (Grande Raccordo Anulare - GRC). Pickup your Vespa at the rental shop and get fitted with a helmet. Listen as the staff gives you some helpful tips on how to use this model of scooter. Use your complimentary map to help you navigate around the city. Find out hotspots and routes and let a local tell you the fastest way to get to the sights in this vast city. Start exploring with major attractions that are less than 15-minutes away like the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, and Vatican City. Return the Vespa before your 24-hour rental period ends or make arrangements to extend your rental contract.

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What people are saying about Appian Way

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,494 reviews

We went on a 7 person cycling tour of the Via Appia and catacombs on a very hot day in July. Overall, the experience was fantastic. The group was a mix of people with varying physical conditioning levels but the easy to use e-bikes leveled the field, making the 5 hour tour pleasurable for all. Our guide, Alessio, was enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable when it came to both ancient history and navigating the city. We had a good sprinkling of break times, information stops and a very good refreshment stop at a cafe. I came away feeling enriched and happy.

Jason was fantastic! Incredibly knowledgeable about history, beyond just facts and dates. He shared insights about how events and circumstances came together to contribute to major events in ancient Rome. Driving through these places with him you could really envision what it might have be like that be in those spaces in ancient times. This tour was a highlight of our trip for sure!

This tour was so fun!!! After walking around in the heat in Italy for 12 days straight, a golf cart tour was just what we needed! And the catacombs were so fun! Our tour guide was so welcoming and friendly and we had a great time! Definitely do this tour!!!

This was a great way to explore the wider ancient Rome easily, even on a very hot day. Leo was a considerate and fun guide.

Guy was great, small group. Wish there were more time and creepy stuff, but overall a great trip.