The most beautiful and rewarding tour Rome has to offer – the Rome Marathon – takes off on April 7, 2019.
Flanked by the ancient Roman city centers from different emperors, like Trajan, Augustus, and Caesar, the race kicks off on the celebratory Via dei Fori Imperiali at 8:40 am. Named one of the most beautiful marathons in the world by Livestrong.com, the race covers the entire historic center of Rome.
You can get an early start to the race by staying near the start line. Rome Accommodation offers several great vacation rentals near the Colosseum and Via dei Fori Imperiali, just minutes walking distance to the Rome Marathon. If you’re coming specifically to run, check out AP06 Celimontana: a 7th floor studio apartment with a terrace that features a breathtaking roofscape view of the city.
Other nearby apartments include AP04 Via Imperiali (perfect for a weekend getaway without breaking the bank), AP18 Cavour (a lovely homestead for a family or group of friends in the heart of Monti), and AP34 Monti (a fashionable vacation rental for up to 7 guests tucked away on a quiet street just minutes from the Colosseum).
The Night Before
If carbo-loading the night before a race is your gig, then Rome has plenty to offer. Trattoria Luzzi located at Via San Giovanni in Laterano, 88 is just a few minutes from the apartment and is a classic in the neighborhood. Whether you’re in the mood for typical thin-crust, Roman style pizza or a creamy carbonara pasta, Trattoria Luzzi will take good care of you.
For something a bit lighter but full of energy-rich nutrients, head into the Monti neighborhood that’s just a few minutes away and take a seat at any number of great little eateries there. Urbana47 dishes out new takes on old favorites, with plenty of vegetarian options as well. La Barrique is one of our favorite wine bars in the area and serves up a limited menu of local favorites made with high quality ingredients.
Walk back to your apartment for a good night’s rest before the big day.
Morning of the Race
Roll out of bed and hydrate with plenty of water on your private terrace. Breathe in the fresh morning air and start stretching on your private terrace while the Rome Marathon starts drawing in crowds below. Find your zen among the roofs as you follow birds weave in and out of the Italian pines, and get pumped as you walk out of the building, around the Colosseum. From here you’re just minutes away from the marathon’s start line, so there’s no stress about getting there on time.
The entire route is 42.195km (26.22mi) making the Rome Marathon arguably the city’s most rewarding site-seeing tour. Made up of a single loop that runs all over the Eternal City, you’ll pass many of Rome’s most famous and spectacular monuments and sites, such as:
- Piazza di Spagna & the Spanish Steps
- The Trevi Fountain
- The Pantheon
- Saint Peter’s Basilica & the Vatican
- Piazza Venezia
- Piazza del Popolo
Even though Rome is made up of 7 hills, the route is actually pretty flat. But keep in mind that it takes place on old, cobblestone roads made made of Basalt stone. Basalt is a very hard stone and can really take a toll on your knees and joints. As in any marathon, proper running gear is a must. But for the Rome Marathon the more shock absorbing soles you have, the better.
After the Race
The race terminates where it started, on Via dei Fori Imperiali. After plenty of well-deserved selfies in front of the Colosseum and several replenishing cups of water, walk back to your apartment for a satisfying shower (don’t worry, the building where the Celimontana apartment is located has has an elevator).
After cleaning up, treat yourself to a delicous meal and cocktail at Caffè Propoganda, located at Via Claudia, 15, just around the corner from the apartment. Or take a quiet stroll through the beautiful and hidden, Villa Celimontana. If you’re looking to relax your muscles a bit with a soothing massage, Acqua Madre (Via di S.Ambrogio, 17 , near Largo Argentina), is a fabulous spa built inside an ancient thermal complex. It’s a nice walk to the spa, too.
For more useful information on participating in the Rome Marathon, visit the race’s official website, where you can register online. You must be at least 20 years old to participate in the Rome Marathon. The cost to participate depends on how early you register, but at this point it’s €90 until March 15th, €120 after. All non-residents in Italy will need to show their valid RunCard, indicating that they also have medical clearance to participate. If you do not have a RunCard, you can apply for one here.
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*Cover & race images courtesy of maratonadiroma.it