Rome’s Catacombs and Appian Way Golf Cart Small Group Tour

Escape the crowds and journey through ancient roads and underground tombs alongside an expert guide

Travel Flexibly · 3.00h · Rome, Italy

Rome is brimming with popular historic sites, but did you know that just off the main tourist path awaits the lesser-visited Appian Way and the eerie catacombs? That's why we've teamed up with expert local guides, so you can effortlessly glide between storied churches and ancient tombs well away from the crowds. Along the way, head underground for a guided tour of San Callisto catacombs tour and enjoy the more personalized experience this small group experience allows for.

  • Golf Cart Appian Way Tour
  • Meet your small group​
  • Ride Along the Appian Way​
  • Cecilia Metella Mausoleum​
  • Circus of Emperor Maxentius​
  • Guided Tour of San Callisto Catacombs
  • Escape to Hidden Rome!​

Begin your memorable journey near the heart of Rome, where you'll meet your expert guide in the morning or early afternoon, and board a comfortable golf cart. As you set off along the ancient Appian Way, you'll notice how quickly the city's chaos is replaced by its peaceful atmosphere, and thanks to your knowledgeable guide, you'll immediately be blown away by the many stories and legends this old road holds.

Throughout the tour, you’ll have a chance to marvel at the curious Domine Quo Vadis church, delve into the tale of the miraculous encounter between Christ and Saint Peter, uncover the historical significance of the Circus of Emperor Maxentius, and visit the Tomb of Metella. Plus, to top off the experience, you’ll head below ground for a goose-bump-inducing visit to Rome’s San Callisto Catacombs, which date back to the 2nd century.

Rome's San Callisto Catacombs and Appian Way Golf Cart Tour Description

Your 3-hour tour includes:

  • Comfortable golf cart ride along the Appian Way

  • Entrance fee and guided visit to Rome’s San Callisto Catacombs

  • Visit the mysterious Domine Quo Vadis church and Circus of Emperor Maxentius

  • Uncover the stories behind the Tomb of Metella and Quintili's Villa

  • Expert English-speaking local guide

  • Water bottle

  • Small-group tour to ensure a personalized experience

Welcome to Lesser-Known Rome

Your adventure begins in the morning or early in the afternoon, depending on which departure time you've selected, and after meeting your expert guide and fellow explorers for the day, you'll board a comfortable golf cart and set off to the famous Appian Way.

While this storied roadway of ancient Rome sits less than 2 miles (3 km) from the Colosseum, it remains off the main tourist path and offers a more serene experience. Its cobblestones have been trodden by legions, merchants, and historical figures for centuries, and as you glide along the iconic route, your guide will share fascinating stories and facts, bringing the road's rich history to life.

Experience Appian Way’s Iconic Sights

A must-see along the Appian Way is the remarkable Domine Quo Vadis Church. This modest yet historically significant church is famed for the legendary encounter between Saint Peter and Jesus. According to Christian tradition, it was here that Peter, fleeing persecution in Rome, met the risen Christ and asked Him, "Domine, quo vadis?" (Lord, where are you going?). Today, you can witness the stone with the alleged imprints of Christ’s feet, a sight that has inspired pilgrims and travelers for centuries.

Further along the Appian Way, you'll discover the grandeur of the Villa and Circus of Emperor Maxentius. This site was once the heart of a magnificent complex, including a luxurious villa and a massive circus, built by the emperor in the early 4th century. Although the circus was never used to its full potential, its sheer size and layout are still evident today.

Nearby, the perplexing Tomb of Metella stands tall, a mausoleum for Cecilia Metella, whose family was intertwined with the highest echelons of Roman society. Your guide will also lead the way to Quintili's Villa, a sprawling estate that belonged to the Quintili brothers and is known for its luxurious baths and extensive grounds. Here, it's easy to picture the opulence that once defined the lifestyle of Rome's upper crust and the dramatic history that led to its eventual downfall under Emperor Commodus.

Explore the San Callisto Catacombs

Perhaps the most well-known landmark along the Appian Way is the eerie catacombs. These underground burial sites, dating back to the 2nd century, provide a fascinating glimpse into the burial customs of the early Christian and Jewish communities. As you descend the 50 irregular steps, a sense of mystery envelops you, leading into dimly lit passageways lined with tombs. Yet, as your guide enlightens you with insights into the lives and beliefs of those laid to rest here, the mystery will clear, and you'll be left with a well-rounded introduction to this historical gem of Rome.

After your catacombs tour, you’ll tick off any remaining Appian Way stops. Then, before departing, remember to ask your guide for local recommendations. Whether you're looking to uncover more of Rome's hidden gems, seeking the best nearby restaurants for a delicious lunch or dinner, or simply curious about other must-visit spots in the city, their insider tips will undoubtedly make the rest of your stay in Rome even better.

What you get with this tour
Appian Way
San Callisto Catacombs tour
Circus of Emperor Maxentius
Domine Quo Vadis Church
Tomb of Metella
Expert local guide
Explore by golf cart
Small Group of maximum 5 people
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After a few days of narrow, crowded streets, we welcomed the fresh air, green grass, and sunshine on this tour of the Via Appia—once we exited the catacombs, that is. Federico was a learned, organized, and all-around helpful tour guide. Especially grateful for his advice on what to see next time we’re in Rome.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

It's always smart to wear comfortable shoes since you'll be on your feet for a good portion of the tour, and have to navigate in and out of the golf cart numerous times. A good camera and a water bottle are also recommended.

What to bring?

It's always smart to wear comfortable shoes since you'll be on your feet for a good portion of the tour, and have to navigate in and out of the golf cart numerous times. A good camera and a water bottle are also recommended.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No, hotel pickup is not included in this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designed starting point.

Is there any chance this tour will be canceled?

On the rare occasion the tour is canceled, we'll inform you as soon as possible. We will work with you to reschedule your tour when possible or provide a full refund.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Rome.

Where does this tour end?

This tour finishes back at the meeting point, in Via Appia Antica 58-60.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, please let us know beforehand. Unfortunately, the catacombs are not wheelchair accessible due to architectural barriers and are only reachable by descending 50 irregular steps.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Rome's Catacombs and Appian Way Golf Cart tour rain or shine. If the weather is extremely bad and we cannot proceed with the tour, we'll let you know as soon as possible.

Is there a dress code for this Catacombs and Appian Way Golf Cart tour?

There is no dress code for this tour, but we recommend comfortable and athletic clothing. Keep in mind that the temperature inside the catacombs is 61ºF (16ºC), so you may want to pack extra layers.

How comprehensive is the golf cart tour portion of this tour?

In the spirit of seeing as much of Rome’s Appian Way as possible, we will not be stopping at every site. You'll still get to admire the Domine Quo Vadis church, enter the catacombs, admire the Villa and Circus of the Emperor, the Tomb of Metella, and more, from the outside.

Is breakfast or lunch included in the price of the tour?

No, food is not included in the price of this tour, and we recommend enjoying breakfast or lunch before joining. Your guide will be happy to recommend one of their favorite restaurants for after the tour.

Are drinks included in the price of the tour?

A small bottle of water per person is included in the price of this tour, but all other drinks will need to be purchased. Our guides are also happy to recommend a good spot to grab a drink after the tour.

Can I bring my kids, and do I have to pay for them?

Yes, everyone is welcome on this Rome's Catacombs and Appian Way Golf Cart tour. We also offer a discounted rate for those aged 12 years and longer.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

Hotel pickup is not included in this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designed meeting point.

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