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Roman Countryside Walking Tour of the Catacombs, Aqueducts and Appian Way
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Roman Countryside Walking Tour of the Catacombs, Aqueducts and Appian Way

An essential part of your Rome itinerary.

Take a break from Rome’s crowded, busy center and explore the beautiful outdoors of the Italian countryside.

From the compelling Catacombs of San Callisto and Appian Way to the dramatic and picturesque aqueducts, this off-the-beaten path walking and sightseeing tour of Rome is the perfect day trip.

Also known as the Cemetery of Callixtus, the Catacombs of San Callisto are eerie and captivating. Our expert guide provides commentary about this curious Christian burial chamber, as you descend into the unknown. Walk through the cool, underground tunnels as you discover the fascinating history behind the most famous Catacombs in Italy. Explore the mysteries that lie beneath the surface of this ancient Roman graveyard on one of the most unique sightseeing tours in Rome.

It is then time to discover the stories behind the ancient structures of Circus Maxentius and the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. One of the most preserved in Rome, Circus Maxentius is also the largest, second to the renowned Circus Maximus. Your walking tour continues to the Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella (Cecilia Metella) as your guide describes the details behind this ancient tomb.

The Appian Way of 312 B.C., was one of the first roads of Ancient Rome. It was also the most significant in history, which our enthusiastic guide will share with you as you walk the footsteps of the Ancient Romans that came before.

Completed in 3rd century AD, the aqueducts served as the main water source into Rome. Our expert guide will educate you on why this unbelievable accomplishment was so important to not only the history of Rome but also to the world of engineering.

Then stroll around the massive arches that remain of the Claudian Aqueduct – one of the most famous in Rome.

This outdoor walking tour around undiscovered Rome is a unique way to spend your day.


  1. The sightseeing tour begins with a comfortable bus ride to the Roman countryside. Here you will discover the beauty that lies outside of Rome, starting with the infamous Catacombs of San Callisto- among the largest and most important in Italy. This underground cemetery and the burial site of 500,000 Christians and dozens of martyrs and popes is divided into two areas – the crypt of St. Cecilia and the Crypt of the Popes.
  2. We continue by bus through the Roman countryside to the next destination – Circus of Maxentius. Although not as renown as Circus Maximus, this well-preserved structure can be found in the lush Caffarella Park.
  3. Next stop on this undiscovered Rome itinerary is an external visit to the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. Located at the top of a hill along Via Appia, this monumental tomb was built to honor the Roman noblewoman during the 1st century B.C.
  4. We continue with a walk through one of the oldest and most significant streets in the world - the Appian Way. Referred to by Romans as the “Queen of Roads”, Via Appia connected Rome to Brindisi in Southern Italy, serving as the main trade route with Greece and the East. Which is why the Appian Way of 300 B.C. is considered one of the greatest engineering works of Ancient Rome civilization.
  5. The last stop on this unique Rome tour is the Claudian Aqueduct. Built in 38 A.D. and completed only 14 years later, it existed as a main water source for Rome, an engineering marvel with arches stretching nearly 70 kilometers. Now part of the Aqueduct Park, Acqua Claudia is regarded as one of the four great aqueducts of Rome.

what's included

  • Admission Fees to the Catacombs of San Callisto
  • Expert Guide
  • Bus transfer
  • Headsets available upon request

what's not included

  • Visit inside the Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
  • Pick up and drop off

meeting point

Your meeting point is at Via Cavour building 224 near the bus stop (take Metro CAVOUR stop on Line B). Please arrive 25 minutes before the start of your tour to check-in with a member of our staff.

ending point

Same location as the meeting point- Via Cavour 224 at the bus stop.


If you or any member of your party has difficulty with mobility (uses crutches or a wheelchair, etc.), please contact us in advance. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Private tours are available to meet these needs, on request.