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When in Rome, expatriates can benefit from a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports activities they can practice almost anywhere in the city. From running to walking, from outdoor yoga to intensive fitness programs, you will undoubtedly find a physical activity that suits your needs.

Indoor sports activities in Rome

One of the most common ways to exercise is to go to the gym. Romans usually do so to take classes or to use the fitness and weight-lifting room. The great thing about gyms is that you can benefit from the support of a trainer who will ensure you follow a specific program that suits your body type and goals. To adhere to the local gym, you will have to sign up for a yearly package and to provide a medical certificate by your doctor. This document may cost between 20 and 50€.

Some associations offer indoor sports activities as well as several dance classes such as contemporary dance, salsa and tango. Yoga and Pilates are commonly practised in Rome too.

Outdoor sports activities in Rome

Throughout the year, Rome offers sunny weather making outdoor activities like running in parks easy to practice. Many Romans go for a jog or walk whether during daytime or nighttime. You may even come across late-night joggers equipped with a frontal lamp to increase their night visibility. Many marathons are held in Rome every year. The annual Rome’s marathon takes place around the beginning of April. The Rome Appia Run, Race for the Cure and RomeOstia are also very popular.

Exploring the city by night can be great fun. This is why many travel agencies organise sightseeing tours in Rome by foot or bicycle to help you immerse in the local culture through sports. For a long walk, la Via Appia antica is an ideal spot. On the other hand, athletes can head to stadiums like the Stadio dei Marmi, Stadio delle Terme di Caracalla or the Stadio Paolo Rosi.

Given its proximity to Tiber river, Rome is a great place to practice aquatic sports like rafting, rowing or canoeing

For tennis players, finding a tennis court should not be an arduous task in the Eternal City. Modern paddle tennis courts along with the classic ones.

During summer, open-air yoga classes are held in the blossoming parks of Rome city, especially at the one located in Via Pamphili. To participate, just bring along your yoga mat and water. There might even be no need to carry money with you as most classes are free and open to all.

In winter, skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor sports activities can be practised by one and all – especially since the mountains are located very close to the capital. Outside winter, hikes of different intensities and horse rides are organised in local national parks.

Diving and snorkelling lovers can explore nearby beaches and islands which are located not far from the Capital. Many tour operators offer unique rafting and tubing experience in the Latium, for instance. Even adrenaline lovers should find exactly what they need in the region. You can either opt for skydiving in Nettuno or the ziplines in Rocca Massima which is situated in the province of Latina.

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