Rome's epic history renders it must on any Italy travel agenda. You can't take three steps here without walking by a building or monument steeped in ancient glory. A short walk through the center of town, for example, can take you past the Forum and Parthenon, through the medieval streets of Campo dei Fiori, past Piazza Navona and the Renaissance fountains or Bernini, all the way up to Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. That's almost two thousand years of history in a leisurely stroll. Once you start delving into those buildings and museums you walk by, you'll be able to take in some of the world's most celebrated artworks like Raphael's School of Athens and Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling in the Vatican. Come nighttime, the bars in the Trastevere neighborhood lure late-night wanderers with drinks, dancing, and unforgettable fun. A city with this level of historic diversity and density could only be made over millennia, and needs at least several days to be taken in.
Rome, as they say, was not built in a day. Nor was it built with runners in mind. While preoccupied with territorial expansion and global domination, the Roman founders neglected laying the groundwork for a good place to get in a good 10K. This is one touch city to run. In order to keep yourself in running shape while you visiting, head to Villa Borghese and run its protected paths. Should you choose to head farther afield, Via Appia Antica is an ancient Roman road you can run all the way to the sea.
- CARS! In Rome, Italian drivers live up to their reputation. Cars careen along the narrow bumpy streets with seemingly no regard for things like stopping, using turn signals, and obeying traffic laws. For those reasons BTG strongly cautions against going for a run along the streets. If the traffic isn't enough to discourage you, the pollution and cobblestones should.
- Cobblestones: On that note, even at the quietest times of day running can be dangerous in the city center. The cobblestone-lain ground makes for a particularly uneven terrain. Even if you can figure out how to navigate it without falling, your heels, knees, and joints will never forgive that kind of Roman fitness foray.
- Amazing Things to See: This is Rome, after all. You can't walk down a street in the center without passing something that is full of history.