You will have heard it before- people say it a lot…but where does the phrase: ‘when in Rome’ really originate? What is it’s etymology? Well, according to the internet, it is linked to a theologian close to my heart (or corazon…) St Augustine. I’m not sure how accurate the article below is, I’d like to assume that it’s on point. Anyway, have a read and let me know what you think 🤔😉
Needless to say, it’s a mantra that works for anyone visiting Rome- i.e. eat lots of carbs… and it worked for us too as we booked into a running tour by S.P.Q Running Tours Rome, not your average tour- find them here:
It’s run by Romans, not tour guides and currently you pay what you think it’s worth…an uncomfortable proposition to an Englishman.
And yet…it cuts through all of the hyperbole of what Rome is known for and taps into the basics. We hit the road at 6.30am. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. It’s stunningly beautiful.
We were set to meet our guide outside of Metro Repubblica. I saw a guy and waved…it wasn’t our guy. Luckily, (our real guy) Dario spotted my faux pas and hurried over. In the pink glow of sunrise, our run began.
Dario is a local guy with local knowledge. He’s also able to maintain a decent pace and my heart rate was certainly pushing it up the many hills of Rome (7!? we did a select few) Anyway, it was an absolute voyage of discovery and the highlight was Aventino Hill, where, in complete solitude between us, I gazed through the keyhole towards St Peter’s (I had written St Paul’s- still have London in my mind from last weekend!). It was a religious experience. Ineffable.
Before or after (it becomes a blur so early in the morning) we jogged past the key sights; Colosseum, Pantheon, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Forum, Trevi Fountain amongst many others.
There was only one moon in the sky and so we could luckily rule out IQ84- but surreal it was none the less.
Overall, it was a moving experience and Dario did an excellent job. Would recommend to any runner in the market for an experience of Rome without the crowds…just bear in mind that you do have to sprint across the roads.