Rome running guide
Taking you through the picturesque Borghese Gardens, our three running routes offer a wonderful way to explore the sights, all just minutes from the hotel.
0.83-mile route (1.35km)
Starting from the hotel, this beginners’ route will take you up through the grand Porta Pinciana gate and into the Borghese Gardens. Once inside, you’ll turn right and run along Viale del Museo Borghese until you reach the Fontana Oscura. Turn right again onto Viale dell’Uccelliera until you reach the edge of the park, then right all the way back down Via Pinciana to the hotel.
1.24-mile route (2km)
Turn right out of the hotel and up towards the Porta Pinciana gate. Once through, run straight alone Viale San Paolo del Brasile, past Casa del Cinema. Take the first right onto Viale Goethe, back towards the cinema, then left. Keep going as far as the Fontana Oscura, then take a left onto Viale dei Cavalli Marini.
2.67-mile route (4.3km)
Our longest route takes in many of the sights form the beautiful Borghese Gardens. After running through the Porta Pinciana gate into the park, turn right onto Via del Museo Borghese until you reach the Fontana Oscura. Turn left onto Via dei Cavalli Marini as far as the Museo Pietro Canonica, then left again onto Viale Pietro Canonica. Run all the way down until you reach the Orologio Ad Acqua (water clock) and loop around the top of the Pincian Hill. To finish, simply run back the way you came and return to the hotel.
Fontana Oscura – Translated as ‘dark fountain’, this beautiful fountain is surrounded by lush pine trees.
Museo Pietro Canonica – Hidden in the greenery of the Villa Borghese, this museum holds an impressive collection of bronze sculptures, sketches and studies by Pietro Canonica.
Pincio – Our longest route will take you up to the stunning Pincio (Pincian Hill), offering stunning views of the city.
Orologio Ad Acqua – One of very few water clocks in the world, this is a must-see on a visit to Rome.
Depending on the time of year, it can get very warm in Rome, so it’s important to make sure your running gear is lightweight and breathable. Choose well-fitting shoes to avoid getting blisters.
Make sure you’re fuelled for exercise with a nutritious meal around two hours before you run. To reap the benefits, it’s also a good idea to choose protein-rich foods after your workout to help your muscles recover.
This route guide should help you stay on track but if you’re not familiar with the area, it’s helpful to take along a GPS or map.
Remember to stretch your muscles immediately after a run to prevent stiffness. Hold each stretch for around 30 seconds.
Run against traffic and keep to the side of the road.
Give other runners a heads-up if you are going to overtake them so they aren’t taken by surprise.
Remain in single file or just two abreast when running in a group.
Don’t forget to take home or dispose of any rubbish in bins along the route.