Love to run? Love to travel? It only seems natural to combine the two and that’s exactly what one personal trainer is doing in the Italian capital. Running tours through Rome are the latest fad, are you up for some “sightjogging?”
It all started with Carolina Gasparetto, a personal trainer and translator, who got the idea for offering running tours after seeing foreigners running through the city centre, trying to jog and follow their tourist maps at the same time. Tours started in 2005 and today she has a whole crew of expert guides leading groups around ancient Rome.
What’s the draw?
Sightjogging, as Carolina is calling it, is a great way to combine a workout with sightseeing. It’s the perfect choice for visitors who are short on time but want a more active experience. After all, anyone can sit on a bus for three hours. It’s a quick way to get acquainted with the city if it’s your first time visiting on flights to Rome. Tours can be customised but most all the routes take runners past all of Rome’s major sights in around 90 minutes.
Tips for sightjogging, in Rome and beyond
- Pay attention to traffic and stay alert.
- Start early, to avoid the mid-day heat.
- Stop for a drink at fountains when possible, to avoid having to carry around a water bottle.
- Choose a route that fits your fitness level.
- Don’t overdo the carbo-loading the night before!
Would you take part in a sightjogging tour? It’s a great way to keep up your fitness routines while on holidays! Tours can be booked at Sightjogging.it, just make sure you book your tour at least 24 hours in advance. Tours cost €70/hr for 1 participant, or €140 for 4.