Ancient Appian Way: Electric Bike Tour
- Small group
- Duration: 4 hours
Not only is cycling Rome's antique streets and hills a great way to keep fit, it also grants you access to views and landmarks that bus tours simply can't reach inside this densely-packed city!
See this magnificent former pagan temple from the Piazza della Rotonda. Its importance as a Catholic church since 609 AD means it's perhaps Rome's best-preserved ancient building.
Dating back to 1762, the Baroque Trevi fountain is one of the most famous in the world. Tossing coins into it is a popular custom, and raises a daily €3,000 to help feed Rome's poor!
Sunny day? There's no better way of spending it than cycling out of Rome to explore ancient aqueducts and the Circus of Maxentius along this historically significant road.
The "Field of Flowers" is, in fact, one of Rome's favorite market squares. Even if you arrive too late for the daily market, it brims with life well into the night.
A multicultural heritage has formed a unique way of life in Trastevere, beloved by tourists and locals alike. You won't get a tour bus down its narrow maze of lively alleys!
Rome is renowned for its hills and, with so much to see, the city's bicycle tours average about three or four hours. If you're unsure, choose an itinerary that avoids scaling hills wherever possible, or contact your tour provider for more information.
The threat posed by Rome's infamously dense traffic is balanced out somewhat by how slow-moving it is, and the city has seen a huge upsurge in the number of cyclists taking to its streets since the recession. It's safer than you might think, but the transition into a truly bike-friendly city is still underway. Don't think you can get away without a helmet and hi-vis vest!
When in Rome, why pick and choose which famous attractions you have time to see? Instead, join one of the Rome bike tours and cycle your way through ancient monuments, historical landmarks, and current culture. You will see much more than you ever could on foot. The food will be irresistible, so peddle your calories away as you gaze, gallivant, and gobble your way through the treasured “Eternal City.”
You are in for a treat! Strap on your helmet and prepare to see all the Roman architecture that you came for.
As you ride by the Pantheon, your tour guide will explain that this site used to serve as a temple for the Ancient Roman gods and many architects around the world have used it and still use it as inspiration for building and column designs.
You will cruise past the Coliseum, a massive amphitheater that comfortably sat 87,000 spectators in 72 AD. This 2,000-year-old stadium has incurred damage throughout the years but is still in pretty good shape, all things considered. The emperors used to provide free entry for locals, allowing them to watch the bloody gladiator contests, wild animal fights, and war reenactments.
If you choose the original Rome 3-hour bike tour, you will pedal past the Circus Maximus and see where the city hosted its famous chariot races. Also, on this tour, you will bike through the Vatican City, the place that birthed the Roman Catholic religion and still houses the Pope.
Choose the yellow bike tour and cycle through the secret streets and alleys of the Italian capital. Ride over the Tiber river and see Piazza Farnese, the palace that Michelangelo restored, and the canopy-like trees in Villa Borghese. Stop to make a wish and toss a penny into the Trevi Fountain. This magnificent fountain stands 85-feet high and almost 65-feet wide, taking the prize for Rome’s largest fountain and, arguably, the most beautiful.
The tours range in size. If you prefer a smaller group, you can choose the 3.5-hour small group bike tour. Including only 6 total bikers, you have space to ask your tour guide questions about each site. Not to mention that you’ll have more time to spend quietly marveling at church, temple, and forum ruins. Other tour groups can fit large families together in one group or allow you to meet new friends as you all view the city by bike.
Expect to spend 3-4 hours out and about on a bicycle. Many of the tours do not include refreshments, so time your meals and snacks accordingly.
Your tour guide will provide you with a bicycle, helmet, and their own comprehensive knowledge of the city. Tie up your close-toed shoes, bring your sunglasses, and don’t forget a camera so that you can relive the magical moments when you return home. If you are traveling to Rome in the winter months, think about tossing an umbrella into your backpack. Some tours include a poncho, but it might be a good idea to bring your own as you never know when it may start raining.
Relax with an evening electric bike ride and watch Rome pass from dusk to dark. This electric bike tour accommodates those looking for a restful ride in addition to anybody with physical limitations. The tour also provides child seats so your children can join you on your nighttime tour.
As long as you are present, above the age of 18, and consider yourself an above-average bicyclist, you can bring children under the age of 10. Children from 10-18 must have a parent accompany them as well. Keep in mind that the city consists of a lot of cobblestone pathways and can turn into a bumpy ride. If a person in your party is pregnant, it is recommended that she opt out of the bike tour to ensure her and her baby’s safety. Since the tour also takes about 3-4 hours, make sure that your small children peddling on their own can adapt to the long ride.
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The tour was great defiantly the first thing you should do in Rome. Our host was Lucille she was very fun and friendly and took lots of pictures for us with the sights. We saw pretty much everything in 3 hours and was good fun. The route was flat which made it nice and relaxing also. Lucille also sent us some tips afterwards to carry on our trip. Great tour, great value, great host.
I did the tour with my son (10 years) on a Sunday morning and we had a perfect last day in Rome. Our guide was very friendly and professionnal regarding the anecdotes of the history of the Via Appia. Some small parts are a bit more tricky to ride because of the car traffic. Overall I recommand the tour to everyone who can ride a bike.
We spent a great few hours with Arthur who was so friendly and helpful. He showed us many sights of Rome and was very knowledgeable. He even waited with our bikes as we had a drink and something to eat. We would highly recommend his tours and we will be booking him again on our next visit to Rome.
A fun way to see some of the less frequented sites. Our guide Eugene was very knowledgeable and friendly, and the bikes were fun
The guide was nice and speak a lot of interesting thing about Rome. She was perfect.