Begin your running tour at the historic Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, where you’ll meet your guide and discuss your running experience to make sure everyone is on the same page. Guides keep a moderate pace so that you can enjoy some sightseeing while still listening to the commentary.
The running route takes you along the Tiber River and over the Ponte Cavour. Pass the excavated Mausoleum of Augustus and the Ara Pacis, dedicated to the Roman goddess of Peace, both of which date from the 1st century BC. Continue to Via di Ripetta and the vast Piazza del Popolo. Pause briefly in the square to rest a moment and listen to stories about Giacomo Valadier, the designer of the piazza; about the gateway built for Queen Christina of Sweden; and about how the piazza featured in Dan Brown’s novel, Angels and Demons.
Set off again through some of Rome’s less popular streets, including one full of chic shops where famous filmmaker Federico Fellini used to live, and arrive at the Spanish Steps. This 18th-century grand staircase offers another chance to catch your breath before continuing your run toward the Trevi Fountain.
Stop again briefly to toss a coin in the famous fountain, ensuring that you’ll return to Rome. Keep running past the Pantheon and then through Piazza Navona with its souvenir stalls and artists at work. Listen to stories of the Bernini fountain in the center of the piazza, called the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Conclude your running tour where it began, at Castel Sant’Angelo. Upgrade your experience to include a traditional Italian breakfast in Pantheon Square after the run.
Please Note: The Trevi Fountain is undergoing a major restoration through late 2015. The sculptural work is covered and the water has been drained, but there is a walkway above the central part of the central part of the fountain so you can see the ongoing restoration work. You can still toss a coin into the fountain, of course.