In Rome, people run, and not just for the marathon: in Rome people run because of the fact that in the DNA of born-and-bred Romans there is a love for jogging in the city’s parks. On the other hand, if the Capital of Italy is the second greenest one in Europe, there must be a reason!
So let’s pick up our feet and start training in expectation of the Rome Marathon next April 7th.
Correre si sa, fa bene sia al fisico ma soprattutto alla mente, questo perché correndo si rafforza maggiormente il sistema immunitario.
Everyone knows that running is good for the body, but especially for the mind, and this is because running strengthens the immune system.
Obviously, Rome is a very large city and each neighbourhood has its ideal places for running, whether on roads or in parks with trails of various types and difficulties, all easily reached by public transport. However, we recommend going to the park nearest you, because if you want to go running outdoors, in the fresh air, it doesn’t make much sense to pollute it!
Let’s take a tour of the most beautiful and important parks in the city.
Villa Ada, located in the heart of Roma Nord, has two entrances, the so-called “ingresso dei cavalli,” in reference to the two huge bronze horse heads flanking the gate along Via Salaria, and then the entrance near the small lake in the lower area of the park. In summer, Villa Ada turns into a theatre dedicated to concerts and various forms of entertainment. Another peculiarity of the Villa is the Bunker that the Savoy family used during the Second World War, and which today can be visited. Since it still houses cars and miscellanea of the time, it makes an interesting place to stop and take a rest.
From Porta San Pancrazio to the Olimpica there is the beautiful Villa Doria Pamphilj with the Casino dell’Algardi, the Italian Renaissance gardens, the pinewood and a farm. Inside the park there are various streams, springs, fountains, a small lake and much more. Joggers can immerse themselves in a natural spectacle not found elsewhere.
The most absolutely central location is that of Villa Borghese, a must for running lovers, tourists, but also for fans of theatre, in fact, it is here that every summer the season opens in its fascinating Shakespearean theatre. Buildings, gardens, ponds, fountains, monuments, statues, obelisks, temples and museums are not to be missed. Those who want to stop at Villa Borghese after training, will find much to do, and wandering amidst the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian and Antonio Canova in the Galleria Borghese, can be a valid alternative!
To make the Romans’ morning run enjoyable, there is also the Caffarella Park, where the greenery blends with the archaeology of the Appia Antica Regional Park to which it belongs, a place so beautiful as to remain imprinted in the memories of Goethe, who while travelling in Italy in 1786 visited it. Still inside the Appia Antica Regional Park, a jog in the Acqueduct Park is an essential experience thanks to the architectural testimonies of different eras, starting, of course, with those from Roman times, to those of the Renaissance and the nineteenth century.
But we are in Rome, and for those who love running there are not only parks; you should also try skirting the Colosseum at sunset, or even better at dawn, or weaving your way through groups of tourists in Piazza di Pietra, near the Pantheon, in the early evening when it is a bit less crowded. You will be fascinated, thrilled … perhaps moved, because Rome is so beautiful and enjoying it with a run is the best thing you can hope to do in your free time.