Tourists looking to burn off the excess pizza and pasta while holidaying in Italy will soon be able to take part in jogging guides across Rome.
Which means if you’re heading to Italy for your next timeshare holiday you’ll be able to take in the sites of the famous city and historic centre in the early morning sunshine, while the majority of tourists are still sleeping off last night’s trattoria lasagne and red wine, or sipping the first espresso of the day.
The groups leave at 9am each morning, meeting in front of the imposing Castle of the Holy Angel on the banks of the Tiber river. The tour goes on to include the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
Covering around 7km (or just over 4 miles), the group welcomes tourists of all fitness levels, including running newbies.
The jogging guide company, founded by Swedish expat Kristin Karstensdotter in 2012, was launched to fill a gap in the market.
Kristin told Italian newspaper The Local: “I was out all the time, running the city, and I saw all these tourists walking in groups or running by themselves and I thought it would be very cool to be able to show them the same side of Rome I see when I’m out running.
“Some (tourists) are a bit nervous at the start because they’re worried whether they’ll make it or not, but in the end they’re pleasantly surprised.”