Antica Torre - Riding Ancient Rome, Rome

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Antica Torre - Riding Ancient Rome offers you an exciting way to discover the distinctive mixture of antiquity and modernity characteristic for the Eternal City. You'll have a chance to horseback ride through ancient Roman streets lined with the remnants of centuries-old palaces, statues, tombstones, and aqueducts. You can enjoy this activity even if you're new to riding--all horses are well behaved, responsive, and calm. Your guide may not be fluent in English, but will go out of his/her way to make you feel welcomed and engaged. Use our Rome road trip planner to arrange your visit to Antica Torre - Riding Ancient Rome and other attractions in Rome.
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  • It is overpriced and exceptionally boring experience. There were three of us, one beginner and two with some experience. However, all the way guides were walking by foot and holding leashes of the hor...  more »
  • Breathtaking scenery on the walk. Very healthy and well looked after horses, incredible lunch and such good hospitality. I really couldn't have asked for more!!  more »
  • We booked this trip after reading the reviews online. We did the 2 hour private ride on November 27th. The tour started on time and we were giving two amazing horses. Are guide Sandro was outstanding ...  more »
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  • An exceptional opportunity. My horse was clearly trained and well worked. He was gentle and calm but also responsive when asked. Sandro was an excellent guide. He understood what I wanted out of this beautiful experience. All I hoped for. Thank you Sandro, Lorella and Nonna for the wonderful memory.
  • Brilliant and very friendly.. The horses were very well behaved.. Riding on the ancient Via Appia was an experience I will remember for ever. Highly recommended.. Reasonable rates for such a trip :-)
  • When we got there, there was no direction. Everyone just continued working. I wasn't even sure if we were in the right area. Some guy who barely spoke English just said, "get helmet". There was one other couple along with my husband and I that were kind of confused as well. They ended up calling us over one by one to get on our horses. Once we were all one he said "stay in line and with space" and that was it. No direction on how to ride, no name of the horse or anything. So if you're looking for super friendly or anything personalized, this is not where you will find it. During the ride, the guides didn't say much at all. On some of the ride you are on a somewhat busy street with cars. The horses do get spooked a little as well. Which it's an animal, you can't control it. The horse behind mine kept bitting my horses butt so it would make mine not want to stay in a single line which then the guide was yelling for me to get back in line. t one point, I guess the couples horses behind mine started kicking each other and rearing up which made the lady behind me get thrown off and stomped on. Thankfully she was okay. After that, we were kinda all over the place. The guides had to walk with the extra horses. I'm not sure how these horses are punished but the guide kept flinging his hand in the face of the horse that bucked the lady off which would freak my horse out. In the end, I understand they're animals and you can't always control them but your guides could make it a little more personable. At least mentioning the horses name and giving a quick lesson. Even though all of us have rode before we mentioned they did nothing of that sort. We opted for the meal at the end and it was absolutely fabulous! The chicken was probably some of the best I have ever had. They started with a bruschetta. Then it was a red sauce pasta. After we had some type of delicious orange chicken, stuff mushrooms and a salad. It was delicious. For desert was a pastry that was out of this world. They give you as much wine as you can drink as well. I definitely recommend getting the meal if you ride! It was well worth it!
  • This is a great way to experience Rome away from ticket lines and the hordes of tourists. Just a 15 minute cab ride from the center of Rome, you can be transported back in time and experience the Appian Way on horseback. It was a beautiful spring morning when we went and my kids loved it. This is a simple family run stable but the horses were beautiful and very docile on the trail - you don't need to be an experienced rider to enjoy this small adventure! Definitely recommended for family and friends!
  • The people running the ride were extremely nice, and the views were stunning along the Appian Way. The biggest problem is they provided zero horse-riding instructions, just plop you on there and go. Not a problem since I had ridden a horse one time before, I had the basics down. The ride started with my horse immediately turning around to try and bite the guide's horse behind me. Then a truck passed by (which will happen) and the horse was scared to death, rearing up, turning around and almost taking out a cyclist as well as almost putting me into the side of a building. After we got settled in, he was mostly okay, but if a truck (think the size of a conversion van in the U.S. but shorter) came by, he would panic a bit and try to run up the hill. This made for a very not-relaxing ride, where I was basically terrified the entire time. The guides barely spoke english, enough to say "Tomb 1 century B.C." but honestly this isn't a problem, because if you're looking to take a horse ride down the via Appia Antica you're interested in the views, which like I said are second to none. I do wish we had sprung for the meal afterwards as it sounded lovely, and the little farm is very charming.

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