The Apian Way private vespa tours starts at both 10am and 2am.If you choose the private driver’s option the Vespa tour will start in front of your hotel. In case you want to drive the Vespa scooter yourself, the pick-up location will be at our shop in front of the Colosseum. It is a beautiful trip through Rome’s countryside where you will arrive just after 10 minutes of driving your Vespa scooter from the city center! You will find yourself immersed in the Roman countryside surrounded by nature, herds of sheep and ancient Roman ruins which are located along the Appian Way.
The Appian Way Vespa tour will start at the Colosseum, known by the gladiators who fought inside, and the triumphal arch of emperor Constantine, who made Christianity the dominant religion of Rome. We will then continue by exploring the first miles of the first highway in history, the Appian way.
The Appian Way was once the world’s most important road. It was the widest and largest road of its time and the most famous of all the roads that radiated from Rome towards the far ends of the Roman Empire. It was called the “Regina Viarum”, or “queen of roads” and was the reason for the famous saying “all roads lead to Rome”. The road today is remarkably well preserved, flanked on both sides by fields punctuated with monumental ruins and other vestiges of Roman and Christian history. Below the road there are tunnels going on for miles – known as the Catacombs, where the early Christians and Jews buried their dead. We will learn about the Roman geniality of road building and we will also explore another Roman invention : The Aqueducts, as we will have a chance to see the well preserved Claudian aqueduct.
The tour will pass by early Roman tombs. Such as the remarkably well preserved tomb of Romulus, son of Emperor Domitian, and the famous tomb of Cecilia Metella, an infamous adulterer from ancient Rome, which tomb was transformed and used for different purposes throughout time. We will continue exploring impressive churches like ‘Domini quo Vadis’, where you will find Jesus’ footsteps and ‘Saint Sebastian beyond the walls’ church, built over the catacombs of St. Sebastian where early popes where buried and where an underground early christian church was found. Later during the day, our Appian Way Vespa tour will arrive to two Circuses (oval stadiums) of ancient Rome: The circus of Maxentius which is the best-preserved Circus of Rome, where chariot races where held. And the largest stadium ever build in the history of mankind: The Circus Maximus.
We will stop for a coffee break and tell the story of Spartacus which had revolted against the Roman republic and how he was finally defeated with his army crucified for so many miles along the way.
We won’t forget to explore the incredible Baths of Caracalla built 2000 years ago where you can find a greatly preserved Roman board game, and Capo di Bove, a private villa which had some impressive bathhouses owned by an ancient Roman family. We end the tour at St Sebastian Gate, one of Rome’s largest gates through the Aurelian wall which led into the ancient city of Rome. After we will bring you back to your hotel or in case you drive your own Vespa scooter, near the shop.