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Appian Way & Catacombs

Places visited (tickets to be purchased on site): 

  • Aurelian city walls
  • St. Sebastian city gate
  • Appian Way
  • Circus of Maxentius
  • Tomb of Caecilia Metella
  • Castrum Caetani
  • Catacombs 


Duration: 4 hours (7 hours with combo-tour)

Difficulty: 2/3

Accessibility: this tour is not suited for wheelchair users. Ask me for alternative itinieraries!

Focus: Ancient Roman history, Archeology, Everyday life in Ancient Rome, Early Christian history

Price: starting at € 560,00

All roads lead to Rome: the saying tells a literal truth, since the Romans build a network of roads spanning over 60.000 miles, all over the Empire. The start and the end point of this amazing spiderweb was Rome itself, the capital, a bustling city of over 1 million inhabitants. 

The most famous of all the roads build by the Romans is the Appian Way, called the Queen of Roads and connecting Rome to the port of Brindisi in southern Italy, and thus to the Provinces in the Middle East. 

It started close to the Aurelian Walls (although they were build later). The city walls still surround Rome’s centre, and are amazingly well preserved. It’s one of the most understated monuments in all of Rome: 12 miles long, with walkable passageways on top, watchtowers and huge gates. 

Leaving behind the Gate of St. Sebastian we’ll soon bump into the first milestone of the Appian Way. 350 miles, with horse-changing stations and hotels along the route. It’s the road the Apostles Peter and Paul walked along, the place where Spartacus’ army of gladiators and slaves got crushed and crucified. We’ll walk on the very same ancient paving stones they walked on, learning how the Romans managed to build such durable, sturdy roads.

The Appian Way was lined with imposing mausoleums, such as the Tomb of Caecilia Metella, the daughter-in-law of Crassus, the general who defeated Spartacus; and it also boasted an imperial residence, that is the Palace and the Circus of the emperor Maxentius

According to ancient Roman regulations, all burials had to be outside of the city boundaries. That’s the reason why the Catacombs, the underground cemeteries used by the early Christian community between the 2nd and the 5th centuries, are located on the outskirts of the city. So far, 63 catacombs have been identified around Rome, and the most interesting ones are located next to the Appian Way. We’ll explore one of the Catacombs, walking along the underground galleries lined with the burials of the Christians who lived in Rome at the very beginning of Christianity.

Want to explore some more? Add our Villa dei Quintili & Roman Aqueducts tour

Combo tours not only make sure you get the most out of your destination, they are also great value: combo tours are always  cheaper than the sum of two separate tours.

If you are interested in booking this tour, please get in touch so we can talk over the details!

This tour doesn’t involve too much walking, but we’ll have to go down and up some stairs in the catacombs.  

Duration of tour 1-3 people (limo) 4-6 people (van)
Up to 4 hours 560,00 EUR 600,00 EUR
+ each additional hour 140,00 EUR 150,00 EUR
  • For larger groups, I’ll be happy to send you a quote. 
  • The tour rate includes your private guided tour + private driver – price is total, not per person. Pick up will be at your accomodation, provided it is in the city centre.
  • Tip for budget-conscious travelers: instead of using a limo service, we might use a taxi to drive to the Appian Way, and call a taxi to pick us up at the end of the tour, thus reducing cost considerably. Ask me about the grassroot option!
  • Entrance tickets, meals, snacks and gratuities not included in above rates.
  • Tickets to the Catacombs are not included and have to be purchased on site (cash or credit card); at the time of writing, they are 10,00 EUR per person. Children under 18 get a reduced ticket (7,00 EUR). Updated entry fees will be listed in the detailed trip summary you’ll get upon sending a request/booking.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to vary the prices shown on this website at any time before you book (during Bank Holidays, National Holidays, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays, or last minute bookings). 

You will be advised of the current price at the time of booking. Once you have booked we will not increase your tour price other than for changes in VAT or any other Venues or Government imposed levy. 

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