Marathon over and having had a good night’s rest, I was keen to head out and make the most out of the short time I had left in Rome. As walking is a great way to stretch the legs out and flush the lactic acid buildup post-race, I walked all over town, enjoying the Italian spring weather which was sunny and warm with a slight breeze.
I had two full days in Rome and these were my top 5 highlights of Rome.
1. Italian food
Running a marathon takes a fair amount of energy, and one of the best parts of running one is the pre- and post-race fuelling. With so much amazing food on offer, this was exceptionally good fun. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and afternoon snacks were some of the best times I spent in Rome.
Lunch / Dinner
Dessert / Snacks
2. Walking the side streets and getting the local vibe
One of the best things about going everywhere on foot is the easy access you get to the small, side streets, devoid of petrol-run vehicles kicking up dust and dirt. There are real gems to be found in these streets as well, from true Roman-frequented restaurants to street art and local shops.
This quieter part of town, away from the main tourist attractions of the Trevi Fountain and Roman ruins, was recommended to me by an Italian guy I met whilst queuing for my marathon race number. This was a really quaint and classic part of town, perfect for losing a good few hours in the many side streets begging to be explored. If you do decide to visit Trastevere, don’t miss the Piazza Di Santa Maria!
4. Vatican City
It would be a travesty to visit Rome and not pay a visit to the Vatican City whilst there, so I dedicated a good afternoon to visiting the Piazza San Pietro and the Vatican museum. These two tourist attractions needs no introduction, I’m sure, and both lived up to great expectations.
5. Italian ruins and architecture
And finally, the main reason why I decided to run the Rome marathon in the first place – the gorgeous route made up of the glorious ruins of classic Roman architecture. From the Trevi Fountain to the Piazza Navona to the Colosseum, it’s pretty much like walking through a museum on the street.
Have you been to Rome? What were your highlights?