Rome, Old Appian Road, Alban Hills, where everything started

Day Trip

Sergio G.

5.00(3) reviews
English, Italian (Native)
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

Renting a car (rental not included) we'll reach the Old Appian road, the Park of the Acqueducts and the Catacombs. Later we'll reach the pictoresque village of Castelgandolfo, summer residence of the Popes: amazing panorama, great local wine and food!

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Meeting Point


09:00 AM


Depending on the Hotel location (if within or outside the Traffic Restricted Aera) I’ll come with the rented car or we’ll have to reach the closest car rental

09:20 AM

Start our drive to the Catacombs.

On the way we’ll pass by the Circus Maximus, the Palatine Hill (Imperial Palaces), the Thermal Baths of Caracalla, Saint John Lateran, the Coloseum, the Aurelian Walls

10:00 AM


The visit is guided by someone from the staff of the Vatican

11:00 AM

Old Appian Road

We’re going to see the Imperial Palace of Maxentius (open only in the morning), the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, the Castrum Caetani

11:30 AM

Park of the Acqueducts

Here some four Acqueducts of different ages meet and can be walked on and by. On the way we'll pass by the outstanding Villa dei Quintili

12:30 PM

Castelgandolfo, pictoresque village on top of the Alban Lake, once a vulcano. From this area came the Latins

Here we’ll have the opportunity of doing a wine tasting (not included) and, depending on the Vatican schedule, enter the Apostolic Palace for a very interesting visit. We’ll also have the chance of trying some of the very good local Porchetta

01:30 AM

Departure from Castelgandolfo

If guests require we can reach the shore of the Alban lake and enjoy some local very good street or finger food (cheese, salami, prosciutto, porchetta and, of course, local wine), or Ariccia, famous for the local "Fraschette" (very popular family owned Trattorias: from Ariccia comes most part of the Porchetta sold all over Lazio). In this case add one extra hour to the basic cost of the tour

02:30 PM

Return to Rome

As per departure depending on the Hotel location (if within or outside the Traffic Restricted Aera) I’ll drive you back to the Hotel with the rented car or we’ll have to drop the car by the car rental

Ending Point

Hotel or car rental

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, entrance to one of the Catacombs, entrance to Maxentius Imperial Palace (mornings only).

What‘s not included

Car rental, highways, parkings, gasoline, meals, souvenir. An avarage cost for one day car rental including all costs (Car rental, unlimited mileage, highways, parkings, gasoline, taxes and administrative fees) goes from 450 US Dollars (for a 5 seater car) to 750 Us Dollars (for a Minivan). Once I know the number of passengers I’ll check with the car rental and inform you. In case this can be paid through Gowithguide customer service (administrative fee included) or, saving some money, directly on the spot

Important Information

For Tours outside Rome, example Wine Tours in Umbria or to the Alban Hills (Frascati, Castelgandolfo, etc) or Tour of Orvieto and Assisi, I can rent a car and be both driver and guide

The catacombs are religious areas therefore require modest attire. The Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo is not always open to the public: once I'll get your booking I'll check if the visit is feasable or not.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Catacombs?

The catacombs are ancient cemeteries mostly for "poor" people who did not have money for private monumental tombs. Being most of the early christians poor this is where they buried their deads. Among them some later were considered saints so now these areas are Vatican shrines.

What is the Porchetta?

Porchetta is an entire young pig rosted during the night and served the next day: very tasteful!

What is a Fraschetta?

The name comes from "Frascas", the brenches of the trees under which people like to sit on summer time and enjoy some shade while drinking some very good local wine and eating some very good street or finger food (cheese, ham, of course Porchetta, Pasta, etc)

What is the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo?

This is the place where, since the XVI hundreds, Popes spent their summer time: being by a lake and on top of a vulcano, on summer is much cooler then Rome. Pope Francesco is not coming here, but, to compensate local shop keepers, he opens quite often the Palace to visitors



Ali G.

Jun 3, 2022

Professional & Fun

Amazing guide full of energy and wisdom. We were able to see all the requested locations in Rome and got to see the Independence Day Parade and Italy's President. Sergio took us to try the best Ice Creme ever, the pizza was amazing too. Thank you for everything Sergio.

Sergio G.

Ciao Ali thanks for your nice words: it was a pleasure being with all of you: next time Iran! All my best Sergio


Virginia V.

May 13, 2022

Outstanding private golf tour in Rome

Sergio was a delight- punctual, charming and so knowledgable… he suggested the itinerary after I specified catacombs and thermal baths.. great way to travel in the city and he chose great traditional simple cafe for lunch which was excellent. Delightful man to chat to… easy company. Recommend highly

Sergio G.

Ciao Virginia gracias… My pleasure being with the four of you. Hope we can meet again for some other tours: what about Vatican Museums? Ciao for now All my best Sergio


Fred C.

Apr 19, 2022

Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus

Great tour Sergio was great ,no wonder they call Him The professor

Sergio G.

Ciao Fred, grazie Hope meeting you again soon All my best Sergio

$800/ per group

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