Cycling around Rome can be tricky, but if you know which routes to take, it can be a fantastic way to discover some of Rome’s lesser-known areas.
Here are some of our favorite biking trails that take in some of the more unusual, yet still beautiful, attractions.
The ancient Appian Way
The Via Appia Antica has seen two thousand years of history, and served as the Roman Empire’s ‘highway’, as it went all the way from Rome down to the heel of Italy’s boot.
Cycling along a road where the Roman army once marched is quite a unique experience. Although the cobblestones certainly provide a bumpy ride, this route is unlike any other path.
You’ll be able to spot remnants of ancient tombs and large ruins, simply out in the open.
Even the pesky, uneven cobblestones are the original stones laid down two thousand years ago!
If you have an entire day to your disposal, begin at Porta San Sebastiano and ride out to Lake Gandolfo, where you can relax for a bit before turning back to the city.
Here you can watch a short video of our tour on the Appian Way: https://youtu.be/UgsnUpoxiS0
The Aqueducts Park
Another area that’s great for cycling and seeing remnants of Ancient Rome, without the crowds, is the Parco degli Acquedotti, or Aqueducts Park. This sprawling park gets its name from two crumbling, but still majestic, aqueducts in the park, the Acqua Claudia and the Acqua Felice. These two aqueducts stand today as a testament to the engineering genius of the ancient Romans. The Romans were able to design their aqueducts so that it dropped precisely 6 inches per Roman mile. Imagine doing that for more than fifty kilometers without any modern equipment or technology at your disposal! Apart from the aqueducts, the park offers a wonderful respite from the bustling city. You’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of everyday Rome, as locals enjoy using the park for jogging, strolling, cycling, picnics or just a place to relax.