Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

Roma, Italy
Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half Day Walking Tour

From USD 70.38

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the Roman countryside on this 3-hour tour that combines travel by vehicle and walking. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll explore the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica), an ancient road that leads out of the city. Visit the fascinating Catacombs of San Sebastiano or San Callisto, where you’ll walk through underground tunnels, and be wowed by the sophisticated engineering of the Roman aqueducts.
  • 3-hour morning tour along the Appian Way to Rome’s ancient Catacombs
  • Explore the Italian countryside outside Rome
  • Visit the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano
  • Admire the mighty arches of Rome's ancient aqueducts
  • Your tour combines coach or minivan travel and guided walks

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Admission Fees to the Catacombs of San Callisto
  • Bus transfer
  • Headsets available upon request
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Cavour, 224
    Via Cavour, 224, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Start time

09:45 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your half-day tour into the Roman countryside starts as you leave the city by coach or van to travel along the ancient Appian Way, a road whose history dates back to 312 BC to provide strategic access in and out of the Rome republic.

You’ll make stops to explore the historical sites around the Appian Way on foot, starting with a walk as you leave the southern edge of the city. With your guide, enjoy the scenery and snap a few photos before continuing in your vehicle to one of Rome’s ancient burial sites, either the Catacombs of San Sebastiano or the Catacombs of San Callisto. Follow your guide through the underground tunnels, learning about the burial process during this period of history.

Next, head to the remains of a Roman aqueduct, where you’ll be wowed by the Romans’ masterful use of engineering to bring water into the city. Hear from your guide about why this area was chosen as the site of the aqueducts, and enjoy time for photos before the drive back to Rome, where your tour ends.

Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Circus Maximus (Pass By)

Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella e Castrum Caetani - Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Appian Way (Via Appia Antica)

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • Stroller accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter the catacombs. Both shoulders and knees MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Be prepared to walk about 4 hours in the sun.


403 reviews
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Split up and only heard 1 of 3 words
Jonathan_G, May 2023
The tour itself was good and the tour guide did a nice job….but they separated us in 2 vans with the guide in one van and most of us in the other. Most of the tour was in the vehicles and the headset did not catch most of it, like we caught one out of 3 words! The vehicle was also very hot and stuffy. Also not that depending on traffic it will take 30-60 min longer. Also meeting place was unclear. FYI - You want to be by the bus stop near metro even though the once across the street matches what they must.
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Customer, thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your recent tour experience. We are pleased to hear that the tour itself was good, and the tour guide did a nice job. However, we apologize for the inconveniences you encountered during the tour. We apologize for the separation of the group into two vans and the limited audio quality from the headset. We understand that this impacted your ability to fully enjoy and understand the tour commentary. We will address this issue to ensure an improved experience for future tours. Thank you!
Great tour
Gita_V, Apr 2023
Excellent guide and very interesting tour. Highly recommend it especially for teens. Also the aqueduct and Appian way was very interesting. It was raining but we still loved the tour.
Andrew_W, Sept 2021
If you are looking to see one of the area catacombs and one of the aquaducts (built in 312), this is the tour for you. It is a nice half day excursion to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Traveler314855, Sept 2019
Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He kidded with the group and made it very pleasurable. Be prepared to walk about 4 hours in the sun.
Sandra R, Aug 2019
Our guide, Marcello, was excellent! He had a sense of humor and was very knowlegeable about thehistory of the sights. The Catacombs were amazing and it was helpful to see the drawings before we went down. We also enjoyed seeing the aquaducts and the Appian Way.
Catacombs and Appian way
Brenda_V, June 2019
Marcelo our guide was very informative and entertaining. Great sense of humor and made us feel very comfortable while answering all of our questions.
Marcello fantastic.
Julie_C, May 2019
The first part of the tour to the catacombs was great, the appian way and the Aquaducts were ok nothing to write home about. However we will give Marcello five stars he was informative, and fun.
Lovely day
time_for_a_trip77, Sept 2018
This was a great way to the see the Catacombs and Appian Way. We thought of doing it ourselves but were glad we did a tour. It was a big area and without a tour, I could see us wandering about not knowing where we were supposed to go (like we saw others doing). Our guide, Marcelo, was great. He gave us tips about Rome and we sort of wished we had done this within our first few days there rather than towards the end.
Wonderful walking along the Roman...
Roderick C, Apr 2018
Wonderful walking along the Roman road and viewing the countryside. Very informative excellent guide
This tour was well worth the money I...
Janet W, Mar 2018
This tour was well worth the money I would definitely do it again and the tour guide was brilliant
This tour started with a bus trip to...
Paul R, Jan 2018
This tour started with a bus trip to the Catacombs. The trip was interesting to see other parts of Rome besides the central tourist bits. The Catacombs were interesting but not top level exciting. Still worth a look. Probably was expecting a lot of bones but none there. Then had a look at a bit of the Appian Way then to a section of aqueduct. All interesting and well presented and described. Not to much walking, about the right amount. Nice to sit in the bus for short trips as well. Big bus, only a dozen people on it so tons of room. A nice morning.
Office staff not friendly, but tour...
Gaye D, Nov 2017
Office staff not friendly, but tour guide good. Arrived at catacombs early before crowds. Walked part and bussed part. Aqueducts amazing'
Mariah was a superb tour guide. She...
blueboro, Nov 2017
Mariah was a superb tour guide. She speaks several different languages and the tour was both informative and entertaining. She spoke individually to all the tour guests and even helped us find restaurants after the tour was finished. Would definitely recommend this tour and especially Mariah.
Tatia was amazing!!!! She was a...
Jaimini A, Oct 2017
Tatia was amazing!!!! She was a history major and really knew her information. Patient, provided a great narration to all of us. What I liked most was the small group we were kept things on track and we felt as though we had personal attention. I would recommend this as one of the best tours of Rome!!
Excellent! Lots of interesting...
John S, Oct 2017
Excellent! Lots of interesting information from the tour guide, and beautifully organised. Lovely to be doing in Rome what Romans love to do!
Wonderful tour. Glad we booked. We...
John S, Oct 2017
Wonderful tour. Glad we booked. We visited the catacombs, Appian Way and the Aquaducts. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining well. We enjoyed the tour and recommend it to everyone. Not a lot of waking.
Our guide provided a lot of history...
Sandra P, Oct 2017
Our guide provided a lot of history and detail about the catacombs and this made our tour very interesting. A great tour for those people interested in history.
Just wow!! Fascinating history...
Tomme F, Oct 2017
Just wow!! Fascinating history brought to life by our excellent guide. Highly recommend this tour!
The tour with about 25 people...
Adam P, Oct 2017
The tour with about 25 people started with a tour of Catacombs of San Callisto. There are no bones there anymore. The tour provided interesting commentary on these very old early Christian catecombs. We then drove to and walked on the Appian Way and then to the aqueducts, which we walked right up to
The day was great. The coach was...
Donald W, Oct 2017
The day was great. The coach was clean and comfortable and the driver made us feel safe. Our guide was informative and made my wife feel secure about going underground as she has problems with claustrophobia. We both really enjoyed the day.

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