Biking in nature: the Caffarella Valley

For bicycle fans wanting to plunge into nature the Caffarella Valley is the ideal place for a full-immersion experience. The trail is easy, mainly level, suitable for children and linked to the Via Cristoforo Colombo Cycle Path.

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The Appian way – Route 1

In the three kilometres between the Park headquarters(Porta S.Sebastiano is just before these) and Cecilia Metella's mausoleum we find S.Callisto's catacombs, the Basilica di S.Sebastiano, with its catacombs, Romolo's mausoleum with the remains of Massenzio's villa and the Villa Imperiale circus.

Main Features: historic monuments
Length: 6 km
Difficulty : suitable for all

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The Appian way – Route 2

Thanks to the rennovation work on the Appia Antica it is now back to its original size and is viable as far as the Grande Raccordo Anulare ringroad. You can immerge yourself in Roman history whilst riding through the countryside.

Main Features: history, scenery
Length: 17 km
Difficulty : for fit cyclists

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The Appian Way – Route 3

For those who feel in very good shape it’s possible to go by bike up to Frattocchie where the Appian Way gives way to Via Appia Nuova. The Appian Way reappears again in Albano, inside the Park of Castelli Romani. Through the X and XI mile, beyond Comune di Roma boundaies, after crossing Via Capanne di Marino with great care, you can cycle near vineyards and archaeological ruins until the railway underpass. The archaeological area of Santa Maria delle Mole starts here, after crossing Via della Repubblica you can continue to climb the last kilometre to the Lazio’s Vulcan.

Typology: historical route in a characteristic landscape.
Distance: km 32
Difficulty: just for well-trained cyclists

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The Aqueducts

From any entrance of the Aqueducts area it is very easy to find the main path where you can walk or cycle for the entire itinerary. We suggest you to go through the entire route as every stretch of the path hides lots of suggestive landscapes and historical spots.

Typology: naturalistic and historical route in a characteristic landscape.
Distance: km 7
Difficulty: easy

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• For the sake of convenience the routes proposed all set off from the Park headquarters where bicycles can be hired at weekends and holidays (this service is shortly to be extended to weekdays too). We would like to remind those coming from close to the Park that the headquarters are about 3 km from the Colosseum.
• Length indicates the whole round trip.
• Some of the routes proposed are on public roads open to traffic: we advise you to keep to the right and take particular care crossing.
• On Sundays and public holidays via Appia Antica is shut to private vehicles from 9.00 to 16.00 in the winter and from 9.00 to 18.00 in spring and summer.
On the stretches of via Appia Antica paved with the original flagstones we advise you to dismount.

- sounds fun ! a real cobblestone experience?

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No, but I've been here

Disappointing. No cobbles.


A little different from "All roads lead to Rome"!

Some of those cobbles (or flagstones) are over 2200 years old. I can understand why your'e not allowed to ride over them. 

I don't think you are "not allowed" to ride over them - It's more as an advisory or a precaution from falling off.

Not sure if the whole whole route is open to vehicular transport, but I did see a videos showing motorcycles on it as well as there is a definite section open to cars too.

"ATTENTION: on week days the via Appia Antica between Porta San Sebastiano and Cecilia Metella is open to traffic and there is insufficient room for pedestrians" - from

2200 years old??  Please. When in Rome talk like a...

Peter, have you ridden on cobblestones? Is that one reason why you want to do this ride? 

Kim, no, I have never ridden on 'real' cobblestones - I would imagine my bikes are not designed for it.

I saw a travel video with the guide riding pretty happily on the route, (on a civilized bike) and it seems the majority of the route is fine , if not I don't think the Appian Way (Appia Antica Park) would promote a cycling as a way to see the route for tourists and have bike rentals promoted.

Normal commercial bike tours also have options that target the Appian Way 

See some comments on TripAdvisor for example - it's a bit of history!  - imagine being on the same road used 2200 years ago! 

Anyway the point is the tour doesn't seem hardcore or anywhere close to being marketed as an Extreme Sport. - it's just some sections that require a little prudence. + heck you can even do it on a foldie

I would have thought someone on SC might have already done such a ride.

Walking - cycling to see a destination sure beats getting on a bus / train to get from sight to sight and snapping pictures for Facebook, don't you think ? :-)

I've raced a crit on cobblestones in Italy.   I rode my Baum and Mavic Open Pros with race clinchers.  

Not sure I want to repeat the experience. 

You did manage a podium finish EMT!

For a while, anyway ...

Yeah, cobblestones aren't pleasant to ride on, especially if they are very old and haven't been maintained or have been worn down by heavy tourist buses (Sultanahmet in Istanbul is a good example).  

I break out in a cold sweat anytime I have to ride on cobblestones. If it's on a slope I always get off and walk though that can just be as hazardous with cycling shoes on. 

"Through the catacombs our heroes managed to reach the great water pipe that runs under the Via Appia. Known, of course, in the Army as the famous Appia Pipe."

The Histories of Pliny the Elder

Alas - I whimped out.

The combination of cobbled stones, streams of water where I suppose I'm expected to be riding plus a distinct lack of adoring fans waiting to present me with a chuck of stone for riding it.... maybe another time if the opportunity presents itself.

Note for those who are interested, probably best done on sunny Sunday days as traffic wasn't particularly light on a weekday.


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