Jogging in Rome has something special. You run on historical ground, with archaeological remains and works of art that have arisen in the millennia, and through the gardens and parks of popes and princes. Find out where to go jogging in Rome at the best.
Jogging in the city
Urban jogging in Rome is something for the early morning hours. If you leave at six in the morning, you almost have the city for your only. Even at the Spanish Steps and at the Trevi Fountain is almost nobody. Even on hot summer days, running in the morning is pleasant.
There is something uplifting when to be alone at St. Peter’s Square in the early morning and go jogging in the first morning light at the Castel Sant’Angelo or the Colosseum.
If you live in the center, you are not far from one of the villa parks or the banks of the Tiber.
The Tiber banks
You can hardly imagine it today. In the aftermath, the houses in Rome went right up to the banks of the Tiber and Rome was regularly flooded by the Tiber. At the end of the 19th century, today’s high river walls were built and fortified paths were built on the banks.
At each bridge over the Tiber, there are more or less steep stairs where you can descend from the walls to the Tiber. There are also ramps at the larger bridges where you can easily walk up and down.
Along the Tiber you can walk through all of Rome or ride a bike. The way for jogging in Rome on the banks of the Tiber is also a bike path. It is usually wide enough and there is little traffic, so there are hardly any obstacles between walkers, joggers and cyclists. The path leads from Via Flaminia in the north to almost the Marconi bridge in the south of Rome near the Basilica of St. Paul. The rest of the route to the bridge leads along the relatively low-traffic Lungotevere di Pietra Papa. The route from the Tor di Quinto station to the Marconi bridge has a total length of just over 9 miles. At the Marconi bridge you will find various bus lines or you continue to the metro station San Paolo. You keep best to the orographic right side on which the bike path is located.
Colosseum and Circus Maximus
South of the city center is the archaeological area with the Colosseum Archeopark. From Piazza Venezia you can run along the traffic-calmed Via dei Fori Imperiali and continue past the Colosseum along the tramway line to the Maximus Circus.
If you love climbing, you can also take a detour to Villa Celimontana on Via Claudia and then run down the very picturesque Via di San Paolo della Croce. This route also leads to the Circus Maximus .
Before reaching the Circus Maximus, the route crosses Viale delle Terme di Caracalla.
You can run very well in the grounds of the former racetrack. However, there is no shade and it can be very hot here on sunny days.
A shady route can be found by turning left before Via delle Terme di Caracalla. Here you will find a park that is also ideal for a run on hot days. At the end of the street, following Via di San Sebastiano, you will come to the catacombs on Via Appia Antica. As you run up the hill past the baths of Caracalla, you will come out on the other side at the pyramid.
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.
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.
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.
Parks and Villas
In all parts of Rome there are parks that are suitable for jogging. The larger Roman villa parks offer beautiful trails and variety in every season.
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.
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
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 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.
Rome has many other parks and villas. Information on the larger villas can be found at The most beautiful parks and villas in Rome.