Jogging in Rome · City jogging · Running in parks and villas

Jogging in Rome, not only at the Rome Marathon. There are many opportunities for Jogging in Rome. A few ideas and routes to run in Rome and in the parks.

Parks and Villas

In particular, the larger Roman parks and villas offer beautiful running tracks for a walk and jogging in Rome.

Villa Pamphili

Jogging in Rome Villa Pamphili
Jogging in Villa Pamphili

The villa is located in the west of Rome and can be reached by bus lines 31, 33, 791 and 982. It is within easy walking distance of the Gianicolo and Viale dei Quattro Venti.  

In the map you will find some beautiful trails to reach in the Villa Pamphili.

The Villa Pamphili is intersected by the road Leone XIII, which was built on the occasion of the Olymic Games in 1960. A footbridge crosses the street in the southern part of the villa (red marker in the map). At the pedestrian bridge is the Vivi Bistrot, which offers small dishes and organic products throughout the day.

The paths that lead up from the Tiber are particularly picturesque, but you have to face the climb to the Gianicolo hill. The path from the Principe Amedeo Bridge passes the Bambin Gesù Children’s Hospital and you come to the viewpoint at Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi. From the Vatican, you can reach this path by passing through the Gianicolo parking garage.

Access to Villa Pamphili
Access to Villa Pamphili

The path from Ponte Sisto goes up a staircase to the beautiful monumental Acqua Paola fountain and from there on to Villa Pamphili.

The Pamphili were a significant family in Rome. Its city palace is located in the center in Via del Corso near Piazza Venezia.


Pincio and Villa Borghese

Jogging in Rome Pincio Villa Borghese
Connection between Pincio and Villa Borghese

Pincio and Villa Borghese are connected and are centrally located. The Pincio is located above Piazza del Popolo. You can get up directly from the Piazza, or rise the Spanish Steps and then arriving from Trinità dei Monti.

The Villa Borghese has many accesses and can be reached by a number of public transport lines: Metro line A station Spagna, metro A and tram 2 to Piazzale Flaminio, bus lines 61, 89, 160, 490 and 495 are passing through the Villa, tram lines 3 abd 19 until to Galery of Modern Arts or to the Zoo (Bioparco). There is another access from Via Veneto, opposite the Porta Pinciana.

If your hotel is located in the city center, Villa Borghese is ideal for jogging. The villa is one of the major oxygen suppliers in the city center and offers a variety of jogging trails. Climbing up from Piazzale Flaminio you will find a small lake on the left side. In the Villa Borghese there are, besides the Borghese Gallery, two museums with free admission.

Next to the parking garage of the villa, which you can also reach through the pedestrian tunnel of the metro station Spagna, you will find a large fitness center with swimming pool and sauna. The fitness center has direct exits to the villa.


Villa Ada

Jogging in Rome Villa Ada
Walk in Villa Ada

Villa Ada is located on Via Salaria. Villa Ada is the second largest villa in Rome. It’s a bit more northern in character than Villa Pamphili and Villa Borghese and has a very high tree population. Here you can really refuel oxygen.

Unfortunately, Villa Ada is not easily accessible by public transport. The buses do not drive through Via Salaria, but through the slightly more distant Via Nemorense. From the bus stop Nemorense / Crati, lines 63, 83, 92 and 310, it’s a third mile to the villa.

In the northern part of the villa is a lake. Many Romans go there for outdoor sports exercises and there is a bike rental service.

Park of Caffarella

The park of the Caffarella belongs to the Regional Park of Appia Antica. One access to the Caffarella is opposite the Park office at the bus stop Quo Vadis, lines 118 and 218, other accesses are on the other side of the park in the Appio Latino district.

The park has no special features, but if you live in the Via Latina area it is a good idea to go jogging in the Caffarella Park. There is a small stream and diversified vegetation.

Running in Rome – Park of Aqueducts

The park of the aqueducts is particularly scenic. In the distance you can see the Appenine and the Albanian Mountains and you will move between the ruins of the ancient aqueducts. You will find an access passing through Viale Giulia Agricola, station of Metro linie A. If you stay in the south of the city from Giulia Agricola along metro line A, then the Aquaducts park is the right choice for you to go jogging.

Jogging in Rome – Via Appia Antica

A bit bumpy over stone pavement is jogging in Rome on Via Appia Antica. From Circus Maximus, you can take Via di Porta San Sebastiano, but there is intensive traffic along the route. Otherwise, take the bus 118 to the Park office at the stop Quo Vadis and begin your run through the site of the Catacombs of Calixtus. Or take the metro line B to San Paolo and from here take the pilgrim route (Via delle Sette Chiese) to the Calixtus catacombs. The part of the route between St. Paul and Via Cristoforo Colombo is low traffic. From the catacombs of the Calixtus continue past the catacombs of St. Sebastian, to the Mausoleum of the Cecilia Metella and, if you like, for 9 miles to Santa Maria della Mole. From there you can take the train back to Rome.

The Tiber banks

Jogging in Rome Tiber Banks
Jogging at the tiber banks

The path for jogging in Rome along the Tiber banks is also a bike path. It is mostly wide enough and there is little traffic, so there is hardly any trouble between walkers, joggers and cyclists. It begins orographically to the right in the north of Rome and ends just before the Marconi bridge at the Basilica of St. Paul. The rest of the route to the bridge leads along the Lungotevere di Pietra Papa with quite low traffic. The route from the train station Tor di Quinto to the Marconi bridge has a total length of around 9 miles. At the Marconi bridge you can find several bus lines or you continue to the metro station San Paolo. You can go from the city level to the Tiber banks at most of the city bridges.

Circus Maximus

In the complex of the former racecourse you can still today run well. A slightly more shady track can be found on the site behind the FAO, around the thermal baths of Caracalla or on the Via di Valle Camene. A little hilly is the route from the pyramid along the city wall to the Caracalla thermal baths.

City jogging

City jogging is only recommended in the early morning hours. During the day it is too hot especially in the summer, and the jogging is not really pleasant because of the many pedestrians in the traffic-calmed areas. There are many routes for city jogging. To cross the Tiber you can take various pedestrian bridges on your route, in the south the Tiber island and further north Ponte Sisto between Trastevere and Via Giulia, the Angel’s Bridge, Ponte della Musica at the Olympic stadium and Ponte Milvio. If you like some hills on your route, you will find some more ideas in our post Walking in Rome =>

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