Running the streets of Rome

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When visiting Rome for your first time, what you’ll notice is how crowded and full of tourists the city is. They are everywhere – and most likely are in all of your photos.

But tourists do sleep as I learned when I booked a Rome running tour through LivItaly.

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My guide (who was an American who fell in love with an Italian girl) picked me up around 6 a.m. and we went off a leisurely 10 km run.

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It was incredible. Imagine being the only person in St. Peter’s Square, the only person at the Colosseum and the having the Spanish Steps to yourself. There was no one out at 6 a.m. on a Sunday – Roman or otherwise.

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My guide began our run with the Colosseum and then continued onto this grassy bit. While running down it, he told me this was where the chariot races once were. Really? Cool!

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From there we continued into the city center to check out more of the common tourist attractions such as St. Peter’s Square, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon. He even had me check out the Rome’s Mouth of Truth – that statue from the movie Roman Holiday that bites the hands of liars.

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A little more than an hour after I started the run, I was back at my hotel and feeling like I had seen more of Rome that morning than I had all the other times I had been there. And the best part was I didn’t have to worry about getting lost.

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